Pathankot: Pak team to visit India in March

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It would lead to foreign secretaries talks

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The national security advisors of Pakistan and India have agreed to allow a Special Investigation Team (SIT) from Pakistan to visit India in March before the resumption of foreign-secretaries level talks between the two countries.
Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor Lt General (retd) Naseer Janjua and his India counterpart Ajit Doval have agreed to let the SIT visit India in March to carry forward its investigation following the registration of an FIR against the attackers and abettors of Pathankot Airbase attack.
Sources in the federal government have claimed that Janjua and Doval have almost finalised the schedule of the SIT’s visit as well as the meeting of the foreign secretaries.
According to sources, the SIT would visit India in March first after which the foreign secretaries would hold their impending meeting.
Following the SIT’s visit, Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar will visit Pakistan to resume and discuss the mechanism of comprehensive bilateral dialogues.
Doval’s office has conveyed this development to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs so as to make arrangements for the proposed visit of the SIT next month, sources shared, adding that Delhi would soon announce the proposed schedule.
According to the foreign media, a six-member team which was formed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after an attack on Pathankot airbase that claimed lives of seven security personnel is likely to visit India in the coming month to collect evidences against Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Counter Terrorism Department AIG Rai Tahir is heading the investigative team. The team, reportedly will pay a visit to the attack site with permission of the Defence Ministry. The members will also have a meeting with the indigenous agency, National Investigating Agency currently probing the terror attack.