Ba­sit Rules out NIA Visit to Pak­istan

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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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