Bilateral talks between Pakistan and India at the foreign secretaries level scheduled for January 15, were postponed indefinitely. Though Pak media reported the arrest of Moulana Masood Azhar, there was official confirmation from the Pak PMO to the foreign department of India. Moreover Pak media reported that Azhar’s detention was a ‘protective custody’. No charges were filed against him. Pak demanded for more leads and clues to file charges. In the light of these developments, the talks stand postpones.
Meanwhile there was mixed reaction over this issue. The former foreign minister Salman Khurshid welcomed India’s stand and suggested more pressure till Pakistan fell in line. The communist leader S. Raja advised both the countries not to be in a hurry for talks till the terrorists concerned were booked.