Oppn slams Modi govt over Pak out­reach in the Pathankot probe

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A day af­ter Pak­istan re­versed its stand on al­low­ing In­dian in­ves­ti­ga­tors to visit the coun­try for the Pathankot air­base at­tack probe, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents called the diplo­matic flipflop “a slap on our face” on Fri­day.

Pak­istani en­voy Ab­dul Ba­sit took the In­dian gov­ern­ment by sur­prise on Thurs­day, say­ing the visit by his coun­try’s joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (JIT) was “not based on rec­i­proc­ity, but on a spirit of co­op­er­a­tion”.

His re­marks ef­fec­tively blocked the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) team’s re­cip­ro­cal visit af­ter the Pak­istani in­ves­ti­ga­tors, in­clud­ing an ISI of­fi­cer, toured the sen­si­tive fron­tier air­base that came un­der an au­da­cious at­tack in Jan­uary from Jaish-eMo­hammed ter­ror­ists.

“In his quest for an im­age makeover as that of a world states­man, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has dis­man­tled the en­tire ma­trix of our strate­gic and diplo­matic ad­van­tages over Pak­istan,” said Congress spokesman Ran­deep Sur­je­w­ala.

Party col­league Ab­hishek Manu Singhvi ac­cused the Modi gov­ern­ment of play­ing into the hands of Pak­istan.

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