Despite giving many chances to Pakistan to show some decency India again faced a major setback by counterpart, on Thursday Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said bilateral talks between India and Pakistan were “suspended” and that there was no question of allowing an NIA team to visit Islamabad for the Pathankot probe.
However, the Ministry of External Affairs cited the Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson saying that both sides were in contact with each other over foreign secretary level talks. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the visit of the National Investigation Agency team to Pakistan was on the basis of reciprocity, previously agreed upon.
Asked at the Foreign Correspondents Club here about a meeting between the foreign secretaries of the two countries, Basit said: “There is no meeting scheduled for now. I think at present the peace process is suspended.
“India is not ready as yet,” Basit said, but quickly added that “we can only resolve issues through dialogue”.
Basit also ruled out a reciprocal visit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Pakistan to probe the Pathankot attack.
“The investigation (into the Pathankot attack) is not about reciprocity,” he said.
Swarup in his statement cited the Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson in Islamabad as saying that both sides were “in contact with each other” over the foreign secretary level talks.
The Pakistani spokesperson said: “…It has been reiterated from both sides that modalities are being worked out. I will again state that negotiations are the best means to resolve the issues.” He added that Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar too had indicated in a recent statement that talks would take place.
Basit also said that the arrest of an alleged Indian spy, Kulbushan Jadhav, proved Islamabad’s allegations that New Delhi was causing unrest in Balochistan.
The announcement comes nearly three and half months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lahore on December 25 on an unannounced trip to attend the wedding of the granddaughter of his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.