Sartaj Aziz: NIA’s Visit to Pak to Probe Pathankot Not Ruled Out
Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Foreign Affairs Advisor (Photo: Reuters) 
Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Foreign Affairs Advisor (Photo: Reuters) 

Sartaj Aziz: NIA’s Visit to Pak to Probe Pathankot Not Ruled Out

Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday indicated that his country may consider the request by India for a visit by its NIA team to further probe the Pathankot terror strike, days after a top Pakistani envoy ruled out the same.

Aziz said Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit’s comments, that the bilateral peace process was “suspended” did not mean “cancelled or given up” and hoped that the Indo-Pak dialogue will resume soon.

Claiming that Basit’s comments that cooperation, not amounting to reciprocity were “over-interpreted”, he said he did not exclude the option of NIA’s visit to Pakistan.

I don’t think he used that word. He said that right now cooperation is more important than that of reciprocity and does not exclude the option and he said that let’s cooperate and then things will work out. So, I don’t think one should over-interpret statement, he (Basit) just said that cooperation is more important which is true.

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit had earlier said,

...the whole investigation is not about the question of reciprocity in my view. It is more about extending cooperation or our two countries cooperating with each other to get to the bottom of the incident.
Abdul Basit, Pakistan High Commisisoner to India

Aziz also downplayed Basit’s remarks on “suspension” of Indo-Pak peace process, saying “... suspending doesn’t mean cancelled or given up”.

For the time being you called it suspended as obviously after January, four months have passed, and to that “extent dialogue is suspended but I hope it will resume soon,” he added.

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