New Delhi : The standoff between security forces and militant students in a besieged mosque in Islamabad may compel Pakistani interior secretary Syed Kamal Shah to cut short his two-day visit to India and return home, officials here said Tuesday.
Shah, who was here for talks with his Indian counterpart on issues like controlling cross-border terror, is likely to fly to Amritsar Tuesday night and cross over from the Wagah border Wednesday morning, the officials added.
The modalities of his journey to Amritsar are still being worked out, the officials said.
Word of the standoff at the Lal Masjid, where three people, including a Pakistan Ranger trooper, were killed as the security forces and militant students traded fire, came in as the talks here between Shah and Indian Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta began Tuesday morning.
"Even as the talks progressed, there were indications that Shah might have to curtail his visit and return home," an official said.
The talks, however, will continue Wednesday as the bulk of the 11-member Pakistani delegation will stay on in New Delhi.