India reviews decision on Pakistan talks after air base attack: source

NEW DELHI: India is mulling its options on whether to go ahead with foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan scheduled for later this month after militants attacked an Indian Air Force base over the weekend, a government official said on Monday.

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A final decision on the talks, scheduled for Jan. 15, is expected to be taken after security forces have completed their operation at the Pathankot air base, near the Pakistan border, the source said, requesting anonymity.

The Pathankot base in the northern state of Punjab near the border with Pakistan was hit in a dawn raid Saturday that kicked off a 14-hour gunbattle. There was more firing Sunday.

It was not clear Monday whether any surviving attackers remained inside the base but troops were checking the area.

Security officials said they were focusing their search on a two-storey building that contained living quarters for families on the base where the militants had holed up.

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