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No confirmation on JeM chief's arrest, India-Pakistan FS talks rescheduled

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Talks between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan scheduled here on Friday have been rescheduled, the Foreign Office announced on Thursday.

"Both countries are in contact to firm up the dates for the meeting of the two foreign secretaries," Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah told the media here.

"Mutual consultations are on regarding the rescheduling of the talks," he added.

The spokesman didn't give any reason but it followed reported Indian demands that the talks can go ahead only if Pakistan acts against Pakistani terrorists who plotted the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab.

'Not aware of Jaish chief's arrest'

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Foreign Office said on Thursday that it was not aware of the arrest of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

"I am not aware of any such arrest," Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah told the media here.

Pakistan announced on Wednesday that it had arrested several JeM activists and sealed its offices in connection with the terrorist attack on the IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab. Media reports later quoted unnamed sources as saying that Masood Azhar had been detained.

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