Ball in Pakistan’s court on bilateral talks: India

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) India on Thursday said that after the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab, the ball was in Pakistan’s court on continuation of the resumed bilateral talks.

“The ball is in Pakistan’s court. The immediate issue is Pakistan’s response to the Pathankot attack and actionable intelligence provided to it,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told a press conference here.

“Cross-border terrorism is again in focus after the terrorist attack on the Pathankot air force base,” he said, adding that India was not derailing the dialogue.

Swarup said Pakistan has assured India of prompt action against those involved or responsible for the attack and India is waiting for its action against the terrorists.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who assured of prompt response,” he said, adding that “we now await prompt and decisive action from the Pakistan prime minister”.

Seven security personnel were killed in the attack early Saturday morning on the Pathankot Air Force Station by six terrorists who crossed over from Pakistan. All the six terrorists were killed by security forces later.

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