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Indo Pak foreign secy level talks deferred

Indo Pak foreign secy level talks deferred
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In well-coordinated moves, India and Pakistan on Thursday ensured that the Pathankot terror attack does not derail their engagement by mutually agreeing to a short deferment of Foreign Secretary-level talks and India giving the go-ahead to the visit of a Pakistan SIT. 

New Delhi: In well-coordinated moves, India and Pakistan on Thursday ensured that the Pathankot terror attack does not derail their engagement by mutually agreeing to a short deferment of Foreign Secretary-level talks and India giving the go-ahead to the visit of a Pakistan SIT.

The detention of about a dozen members of Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM), said to be behind the attack, was on Thursday welcomed by India as an "important and positive first step" even as it emphasised that "empty statements" alone would not do because it wanted action on the ground.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who would have been in Islamabad on Thursday for the talks, and his counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary spoke to each other when it was agreed that their parleys would be rescheduled to the "very near future".

In a significant decision, India has decided to allow the visit of a Pakistani Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the attack and offered "all necessary cooperation" to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

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