Pak JIT to ar­rive In­dia on 27th to probe Pathankot air­base in­ci­dent

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Ad­viser to the Prime Min­is­ter on For­eign Affairs Sar­taj Aziz on Thurs­day for­mally ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to at­tend the Pak­istan-hosted 19th Saarc sum­mit which is to be held later this year. Sar­taj handed the in­vi­ta­tion over to In­dian Min­is­ter of Ex­ter­nal Affairs Sushma Swaraj on the side­lines of the 37th Saarc Coun­cil of Min­is­ters Meet­ing, me­dia re­ported.

The two dig­ni­taries will hold a one-to-one meet­ing this evening, the first af­ter the Jan 2 ter­ror­ist at­tack on the Pathankot air base, and bi­lat­eral is­sues will be part of the dis­cus­sion. Ear­lier Thurs­day, the two min­is­ters met over break­fast on the side­lines of the min­is­ters meet­ing, me­dia re­ported. Sar­taj and Swaraj chat­ted while sit­ting next to each other at the break­fast hosted by Nepal's Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Ka­mal Thapa. They were also seen stand­ing sep­a­rately and talk­ing in­for­mally for a few min­utes. On Wed­nes­day night, the two dig­ni­taries ex­changed pleas­antries at a din­ner hosted by Nepali Prime Min­is­ter K.P. Sharma Oli. The two were seated next to each other and talked at length.

Aziz ar­rived in the Nepalese tourist city of Pokhara on Wed­nes­day, where the Saarc Coun­cil of For­eign Min­is­ters is meet­ing for re­view­ing the progress made by the re­gional group­ing over the past year and set­ting di­rec­tion for the next year. Upon his ar­rival in Nepal, Aziz said he is will­ing to dis­cuss all is­sues, in­clud­ing the Pathankot at­tack, with his In­dian coun­ter­part. On side­lines of the meet­ing, the ad­viser will ex­tend in­vites for the Saarc sum­mit be­ing hosted by Pak­istan this year. There are spec­u­la­tions that the meet­ing be­tween Aziz and Swaraj could help in sched­ul­ing the meet­ing of the for­eign sec­re­taries of the two coun­tries that was agreed in De­cem­ber for de­cid­ing the time­line and modal­i­ties of the bi­lat­eral di­a­logue, but could not be held be­cause of Pathankot at­tack. Pak­istan and In­dia had agreed to re­sume their peace talks un­der the newly-coined phrase of Com­pre­hen­sive Bi­lat­eral Di­a­logue dur­ing Swaraj's visit to Is­lam­abad for at­tend­ing the Heart of Asia Con­fer­ence last year.

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