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Some elements want to sabotage talks with India: Pak defence minister

Terror in Pathankot Updated: Jan 06, 2016 17:10 IST
Indo-Pakistan ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif look on during a meeting in Lahore. Pakistan’s defence minister said the country is itself a victim of terrorism after militants believed to be from Pakistan attacked the Pathankot air force base in India. (PIB via AFP Photo)

Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that “some elements” want to “sabotage” Indo-Pak peace talks through terror acts but they will not succeed in their nefarious designs.

“Some elements want to sabotage the talks process between the two neighbouring countries through such terror acts but they would not succeed in their nefarious designs,” he said.

Asif said Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, in a telephonic contact, have agreed that a cordial relationship was the most appropriate response to the terrorists, Radio Pakistan reported on Wednesday.

He said Indian leadership has not levelled any allegation on Pakistan regarding the Pathankot airbase terror attack.

To a question, he said that Pakistan itself was a victim of terrorism and fighting a successful war against the menace.

Heavily-armed terrorists last week attempted to storm the air force base in Pathankot. The attackers were believed to have infiltrated from Pakistan and there was speculation that they may belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad, headed by Maulana Masood Azhar of the Kandahar hijack.