Basit Rules out NIA Visit to Pakistan
New Delhi: Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit ruled out a return visit by a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Pakistan in connection with their probe into the Pathankot terror attack. “The visit of the Pakistani probe team to Pathankot is not about reciprocity but about extending cooperation to get to the bottom on this (attack),” Basit said when asked about the possibility of a visit by an NIA team to Pakistan.
The statement comes days after Pakistani officials visited Pathankot air base after which NIA director-general Sharad Kumar had said, “The Pakistan JIT welcomed the idea that an NIA would like to visit Pakistan and carry forward the probe.” On being asked about China’s move to block a ban on Pathankot attack mastermind Maulana Masood Azhar at the instructions of Pakistan, Basit said he "subscribed" to the Chinese viewpoint. Basit also blamed New Delhi for the suspension of a dialogue between the two countries and said, “India is not engaging. We can wait but dialogue is must between the two countries to resolve all our problems.”
The high commissioner in a veiled reference to India also raised the arrest of alleged Indian spy Kulbhusan Jadhav and said, “The recent arrest of Jadhav in Pakistan irrefutably corroborates what Pakistan has been saying all along. We all are aware of those who seek to create unrest in Pakistan and destabilise the country. They are bound to fail as the people of Pakistan are united to effectively counter anti-Pakistan subversive activities. In the last one month, our authorities have arrested scores of terror operatives with foreign linkages. The presence of such elements is quite disturbing to say the least,” he said. “There shouldn’t be any doubt that Pakistan wants to have a normal and peaceful relationship with India on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual interest.
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