While addressing the 14th ASEAN-India summit here, the Prime Minister also noted that growing radicalism through the ideology of hatred and spread of extreme violence are the other security threats.
The Saarc Finance Ministers meeting concluded in Islamabad. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not attend the conference because of political reasons.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was scheduled to attend the conference, sources said, has cancelled the participation due to "political reasons".
The visit comes at a time the two governments are engaged in a diplomatic tussle over the Pathankot airbase terror attack and Pakistan raking up the clashes in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan foreign ministry's UN Desk on Wednesday held a briefing in Islamabad for diplomatic missions of NSG member-countries to put forward its arguments.
As per sources, the Pathankot attack is likely to be discussed and Swaraj is expected to nudge Pakistan to take action against the perpetrators of the attack. Aziz is also expected to pass on an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attending the SAARC summit which is to be held in Islamabad later in 2016.
Over two days, SAARC delegations are slated to first meet at the level of foreign secretaries, following which foreign ministers will finalise the agenda that would be discussed at the Prime Minister-level when the SAARC summit takes place in Islamabad, scheduled later in 2016.
On Wednesday, India had deferred a decision on whether to go ahead with the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan on Friday after the detention of "several individuals" of the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammad by Islamabad although there was no confirmation of reports that its chief Maulana Masood Azhar was held.
Two loud blasts and shots were heard earlier as the gunmen launched an attack from a nearby house after darkness fell, Muneer Ahmad Farhad, a spokesman for the Balkh province governor said.
Modi had sprung a surprise when he visited Lahore on the occasion of Sharif's 66th birthday and his granddaughter's wedding on December 25.
Recalling the meeting between Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Paris, Sushma Swaraj said that both the Prime Ministers discussed the need for NSA level talks between the two countries.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy today informed the Lok Sabha that Swaraj is ready and would make a statement on Monday (December 14). The statement would be made in the Rajya Sabha at 11 AM and in the Lok Sabha at 2 PM on Monday, Rudy said.
Responding to a notice of adjournment motion by Saugata Roy (Trinamool Congress) on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said Swaraj will make a statement in the House and the government is also willing for a discussion.
Confirming the meetings, Sushma has said that talks are necessary to boost ties between the two countries. "Efforts will be made to take forward bilateral ties. It is necessary and appropriate for me to hold talks with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and his adviser Sartaj Aziz to discuss bilateral issues," said Sushma.
â€œThe announcement will be a joint one by Sartaj Aziz and India‘s foreign minister,â€ the sources added.
Sushma Swaraj's visit comes two days after talks between the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan in Bangkok, where they discussed terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and a range of key bilateral issues apart from agreeing to carry forward the "constructive" engagement.
"On Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is leaving for Islamabad and will give a statement after coming back. Government will brief in detail on talks in both Houses after Sushma ji returns from Islamabad," said Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was attacked by the Shiv Sena activists last month over the launch of a book by former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, also said Pakistan should "stop with a heavy hand" the cross-broder terrorism.
Pakistan's security forces have arrested more than 300 terror suspects, including foreigners, in a crackdown against militants in the capital Islamabad.
Li arrived in the Pakistan capital on Wednesday on the second leg of his first official trip since taking office in March after a visit to Pakistan's and China's arch rival, India.
A new visa agreement between India and Pakistan will be signed during external affairs minister S M Krishna's upcoming visit to Islamabad to normalise people-to-people contacts, Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik said on Tuesday.
Poor communication among Pakistani authorities has been blamed for the Sarabjit-Surjeet fiasco on Wednesday.
A civilian plane crashed in the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad near Chaklala airbase due to bad weather and all 127 people on board the flight are feared dead. The Bhoja Airlines 213 was flying from Karachi to Islamabad.
A civilian plane crashed in Pakistan on Friday due to bad weather, media reports said. The Bhoja Airlines 213 was flying from Karachi to Islamabad.
A US Congressional panel has frozen USD 700 million in aid to Pakistan until it gives assurances it is helping fight the spread of homemade bombs in the region, a move one Pakistani senator called unwise and likely to strain ties further.