Indo-Pak Dialogue Process Stands ‘Suspended’, says Pak Envoy

Introducing a fresh chill in Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan today said the bilateral peace process stands “suspended”.

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Introducing a fresh chill in Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan today said the bilateral peace process stands “suspended”, indicated that it would not allow Indian investigators to travel there and accused India of creating unrest in its territory.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit did some plain- speaking at a media interaction here when he said presently the peace process was “suspended”, something India has been reluctant to admit. He poured cold water on India’s expectations that a team of NIA investigators would be allowed to visit Pakistan in connection with the Pathankot terror strike probe on the basis of reciprocity, a Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) having just concluded a visit to India.

“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,” Basit said. This flies in the face of India’s expectations that after the JIT’s visit, a team of NIA investigators would be travelling to Pakistan. NIA had conveyed to the JIT that it would like to send a team to Pakistan, the External Affairs Ministry confirmed today.

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