To improve its relations with India, US has asked Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used for planning attacks in India.
“We believe that Pakistan and India stand to benefit from practical cooperation and reduced tensions. And that includes steps by Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to plan attacks in India,” state department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said.
Pakistan was one of the issues discussed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama during his recent visit tot he country.
“Certainly that was one of the discussions. Our bilateral relations with India and Pakistan are separate and stand on their own merits, and so I don’t think we – it’s not prudent for us to view our security cooperation in the region in kind of a zero-sum game – or zero-sum terms, rather,” Toner said.
While US is encouraging for a bilateral dialogue and security amongst two nations, Sartaj Aziz said that making terrorism an excuse for not talking is not justified.
The foreign affairs advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister told HT, “We have had good cooperation on Pathankot and even sent a team to India. Blaming us for not doing enough is not justified. It is for India to decide whether they want to break the logjam or not.”
A while back, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that India is awaiting response from Pakistan for NIA to visit their soil. He also had said that if they don’t allow it, it would be a betrayal. After the Pathankot earlier this year, the ties between two countries have been on a downswing.