ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Thursday reaffirmed that talks with India would be held as both the sides thought dialogue was the only way to resolve the outstanding issues.

“Let me reiterate there is a realisation on both the sides that dialogue must take place. Both the sides are in contact to finalise the dates for the foreign secretary-level talks,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told the weekly press briefing.

When asked why Islamabad and New Delhi were taking so long in deciding the dates for foreign secretary-level talks, Zakaria said: “Both the sides understand dialogue is the only way to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries,” adding they were in contact with each other at various levels in this regard.

When his attention was drawn towards media reports that the Pakistani team investigating the Pathankot attack had concluded its investigation, the spokesperson said, “I do not have information about it.”

Answering another question about the decision of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants, the spokesperson said Pakistan had consistently supported all regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and extremism.

“It is in this context that Islamabad has welcomed the 34-nation coalition against terrorism. Its details and modalities are being worked out at experts’ level,” he added. The spokesperson said the fourth meeting of Quadrilateral Coordination Group on Afghanistan would be held in Kabul on 23rd of this month.

He reminded that the third meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group had adopted a roadmap, stipulating the stages and steps in the reconciliation process.

The roadmap, he said, outlines a step-by-step approach for the peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and is aimed at facilitating direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban groups.

All the four countries of the Quadrilateral Group are making efforts in this regard and these efforts will be reviewed at the fourth round on February 23, 2016.

He dismissed the notion that Pakistan had made any specific commitment about bringing Taliban insurgents to negotiation table. Zakaria said all the four countries had decided during the February 6 meeting in Islamabad to make combined efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

“It would be unrealistic approach to expect from Pakistan solely for progress in this regard. There is total clarity amongst members of the Quadrilateral Group regarding their shared responsibility,” he added. To a question, he said there was no organized presence of Daesh in Pakistan.

Asked whether Islamabad had opted for Qatar LNG as the last option after the US pressure about Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Project, he said Pakistan, like other countries could not depend on any single source for its energy needs, so Pakistan was working on various sources of energy supplies to overcome the acute shortage.

Commenting on letters by foreign missions in Islamabad to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about their owners to revert their properties to residential use, the spokesperson said the CDA had directly approached the owners of the properties rented to the embassies.

He said CDA had confirmed sending letters to the owners, seeking support and facilitation from the ministry.