India to gauge Pak probe team’s sincerity before FS talks decision

  • Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2016 00:49 IST

India will look at the real intent of Pakistan’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) on cracking the Pathankot air force base attack case before getting the dialogue process with its neighbour back on track.

Though the two foreign secretaries are in touch with each other, the Pathankot attack on January 2 cast a shadow over the efforts to normalise tense relations between India and Pakistan. After the attack the meeting between two foreign secretaries to announce a timeline for resuming the dialogue process was postponed.

They might not have made shrill demands in public about it, but Indian officials insist, ‘definite action’ needs to be taken against the Jaish-e-Mohammed militants blamed for the attack before a timeline for the talks are announced.

India has told Pakistan that it would give a five days’ notice before sending a team. But there is a difference in opinion among different Indian agencies about the terms and conditions to be put in place for the team’s visit.

“Once we are told about the composition of the team, many of these issues can be reconciled. And there will be an agreement between the two sides on the requirement of the team.

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