NSA Ajit Doval denies saying ‘Indo-Pak talks cancelled’

New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday flatly refused that he gave an interview to a national daily, where he stated that the upcoming Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks, scheduled for January 15 have been cancelled.

“I speak to journalists every day. But I do not remember giving any such interview. I strongly deny that I made such a statement,” Doval said in a telephonic interview to ANI.

“India has cancelled the 15 January Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks. No peace talks now till Pakistan takes action against Pathankot terrorists and India is satisfied with Pakistan's efforts. There will be no talks before action,” Doval reportedly said.

However, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz last week said that the Indo-Pak talks were “intact”.

“Let me tell you the talks are intact and will take place as per schedule,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Islamabad is swiftly carrying out investigations in a transparent manner.

News24 Bureau