NSA Doval Denies Reports of Indo-Pak FS-Level Talks Cancellation

NSA Ajit Doval today denied media reports that quoted him as saying that Indo-Pak talks were called off.

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval watching a presentation on counter-terrorist and combing operation by the Defence Forces, at Pathankot Airbase on Saturday. Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha are also seen. (Photo: PTI)

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today denied earlier media reports that quoted him as saying that peace talks between India and Pakistan shall remain suspended till Pakistan takes action against those who planned and coordinated the attack on Pathankot air base.

Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar had published what they say is an exclusive interview with Doval.

According to the daily, Doval said,

No talks before action. There is only one policy. Until Pakistan takes concrete action against the perpetrators and India isn’t satisfied with it, there will be no peace talks.

This is why India has cancelled the January 15 Indo-Pak Secretary-level talks in Lahore.

After doubts were raised over the interview following Doval’s denial, Dainik Bhaskar put out a short audio clip of the interview.

Doval reportedly told the paper that evidence of the involvement of Pakistani terrorists in the attack has been handed over to the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan, also confirming that he spoke with his counterpart in Pakistan. Pakistan had reassured India of quick action, said Doval.

When asked if there is any possibility of covert action against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim on the same lines as US action against Bin Laden, the paper quotes Doval as saying.

No point in my talking about it. When time comes, I will do it.

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