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India-Pakistan talks put off, Islamabad can’t confirm Jaish chief Masood Azhar’s arrest

Indo PakAccording to a Times of India report, the Pakistan foreign office has feigned ignorance about detention of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, the suspected mastermind of the Pathankot attack.

Talking to reporters in Islamabad, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said he is “not aware of such arrests”. He also said that foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan have been postponed for the time being. Amid speculation about whether the talks between India and Pakistan will go ahead as scheduled, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting at his residence with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

The government said it was skeptical of Pakistan’s claims of detaining Azhar and would wait for national security advisor A K Doval to speak with his Pakistan counterpart Nasir Janjua before forming a judgment. Until then India Pakistan talks are put on hold.

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