Indo-Pak talks should continue: Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

United Nations: The United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon offered his support for holding talks between the two rival nations India and Pakistan. However, he welcomed the resumption of diplomatic ties between two countries.

Notably, the two countries are skeptic about further peace talks following the recent terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot.

Speaking to reporters on the Indo-Pak tension, Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, “Advice of the secretary general would always be for ‘on’ in order to support the talks.”

“Obviously, there are circumstances that are involved,” said Dujarric, adding, “but he has been supportive of the dialogue between the leaders of Pakistan and India to resolve the outstanding issues.”

Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, talks between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan were scheduled to take place on Friday but were postponed to “the very near future.”

Earlier on Thursday, S Jaishankar of India had a telephonic conversation with his Pakistani counterpart and rescheduled the dialogue.

The talks were schedued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held meetings with Pak PM Nawaz Sharif in Paris and Lahore.

However yeielding to escalating pressure from USA and Inda, Pakistan had pledged to crackdown on the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Reportedly, the terror outfit masterminded the Pathankot attack.(Inputs from Agencies)