No date yet for Foreign Secretary-level talks: Pakistan

Islamabad : Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said that no date has been fixed as yet for the Foreign Secretary-level talks with India.

“The date of Foreign Secretary-level talks has not been decided as yet. As soon as it is decided, we will inform you,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah told a press conference here.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, had earlier said that Foreign Secretaries Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and S. Jaishankar are in touch with each other on the issue of working out modalities for their proposed composite dialogue talks.

“There is no issue. Both Foreign Secretaries agreed on meeting in the near future. Both Foreign Secretaries are in contact with each other,” Basit had told ANI in an exclusive interview.

Khalilullah also reiterated Pakistan’s stand on Dawood Ibrahim’s whereabouts, saying the underworld don has no identity in the country.

“Indian authorities at administerial level have themselves admitted that the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim are not known,” he added.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh had in August 2015 said that Dawood’s permanent residence is in Pakistan.

“His permanent residence is in Pakistan, but he keeps on changing his location,” he said.

“Such people have several passports, I have said in this regard in the House also earlier. It is possible, this is not a new report,” he added. (ANI)