India has told Pakistan than an Indian probe team should be allowed to visit the country to investigate the Pathankot terror attack, the government told Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
India said reciprocity was the principle on which Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was allowed to visit the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot.
Minister of state for external affairs Gen VK Singh insisted that the meeting between the foreign secretaries of the two countries in Delhi was “no formal talk”.
Singh’s response came after opposition members attacked the government over its handling of the Pathankot issue and questioned if NIA will be allowed to visit Pakistan.
The oppsosition members questioned if India will be allowed access to interrogate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar in connection with the terror attack.
“So far as we are concerned, our high commissioner had conveyed formally to Pakistan foreign ministry that the terms of reference of the (JIT) visit are broadly agreed to with the proviso that they would be on the basis of reciprocity and followed in accordance with the extant legal provisions,” the minister said in his reply.
He insisted that this has been “very clearly conveyed” to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s foreign secretary, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, who met his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar in New Delhi on Tuesday for a “courtesy” meeting, was also conveyed the message, Singh said.
“It was conveyed to the foreign secretary of Pakistan, when he unofficially on a courtesy visit, met our foreign secretary here that they have to look into our NIA visiting Pakistan. He has to go back and take a formal view and convey to us,” he said.
“...What appears in the newspapers, we are not concerned about it. So far as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan is concerned, it has not denied the reciprocity issue,” he said.
Jaishankar and Chaudhry met in the national capital on Tuesday on the sidelines of a regional conference.