India, Pakistan to Keep Engaging Each Other: S Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary said that the concept of “non-state” actors working on their own to target India was not plausible.

Published: 04th February 2016 05:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2016 09:56 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI:  Even as India and Pakistan grapple to get the peace process moving, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said on Wednesday that both countries had and would remain engaged on a regular basis.

“Since the Pathankot attack happened, we have been in touch with Pakistan. We have been in touch at my level and the NSA level and will continue to do so because only by remaining in touch can we expect them to progress on issues of terror on the basis of information which we have provided to them,” he said in Jaipur.

There seems to be a feeling in Delhi that the peace process has completely stalled even though India had moved from its position of “terror and talks won’t go together’ to “talks on terror”.  The Foreign Secretary-level talks had been postponed in order to cool tempers following the Pathankot attack which had been traced to terrorists from JeM.

In his speech, Jaishankar did not mention Pakistan by name, but said the concept of “non-state” actors working on their own to target India was not plausible.

“Naming and shaming must be carried out relentlessly in the case of perpetrators and supporters of terror. Tolerance for double-standards must be equally frankly exposed,” he said. 

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