Allowing Pakistani team into Pathankot political decision: IAF chief

  • PTI, Jamnagar
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2016 17:56 IST
Pathankot: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar with Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Arup Raha (L). Raha has said that the decision to allow Pakistan’s investigative team into the airbase is a political one. (PTI Photo)

The decision to allow a probe team from Pakistan into the Pathankot IAF base is a “political decision”, and not a matter of defence, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said on Friday.

The IAF, he said, wants “closure” in the ongoing investigations into the terror attack in January with action taken against the perpetrators.

Asked if the IAF will have any problem on allowing the Pakistani team into the base, he said: “If government allows the team, why should we object?

“Whether to permit or not to permit (them) into the Pathankot base will be a political decision. I will not comment on it... But we need to pursue this so that there is some outcome,” he told the media here.

“We want a closure of the case with appropriate action against those who attacked the base,” he added.

The January 2 terror attack on the IAF base at Pathankot in Punjab left seven security personnel dead.

Security forces killed all six terrorists involved in the attack. All of them were said to be from Pakistan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz said on Wednesday that the probe team may visit India in the next few days.

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