Oppn slams Modi govt over Pak outreach in the Pathankot probe
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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