Pakistan to focus on peace process with India: Sartaj Aziz

Sunday, 03 January 2016 15:31 Oriya Publisher
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Pakistan prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, has said his country will focus on consolidating the peace process with India, hours after five terrorists suspected to be from across the border attacked an air base in Punjab’s Pathankot.

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Aziz told Radio Pakistanin an interviewon Saturday evening that foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India will meet in Islamabad on January 15 to draw up a roadmap on comprehensive dialogue for the next six months.

The dialogue will cover all issues, including Kashmir, Siachen and water, he added.

The adviser told the state-owned radio station that there was “visible improvement” in relations with India and Afghanistan.

This comes hours after five terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, attacked an air force base in Punjab’s Pathankot and killed three securitymen before being gunned down in a 15-hour encounter.

Pakistan has condemned the attackand reaffirmed its commitment to fighting terror, but Indian authorities are learnt to be upset about its inability to rein in ISI-sponsored jihadis .

Highly placed sources said Delhi has evidence tracing the attack to Pakistan’s Bahawalpur, where Jaish-e-Muhammed leader Masood Azhar is based, and that it has the signature of the ISI.

They also said India plans to ask Pakistan to take penal action against the outlawed JeM for a productive foreign secretary-level dialogue to take place.

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