Pak probe team on Pathankot attack to begin work in India from Mar 28

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March 17:A Pakistan joint investigation team probing the Pathankot terror attack will visit India on March 27 and begin work the next day, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday after meeting Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs adviser to the Pakistan prime minister.

“It’s not possible that I and Pakistan foreign affairs adviser meet and the Pathankot issue is not taken up. Yes, it was discussed,” Swaraj said.

Swaraj held a meeting with Aziz on the sidelines of a Saarc ministerial meeting in Pokhara.

She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation, extended by Aziz on behalf of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, to attend the Saarc Summit in Islamabad on November 9-10 this year.

Aziz also expressed hope that Modi and Sharif will meet in Washington on March 31, on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit. “I hope both prime ministers will meet on March 31,” he said, adding that he was not sure if there will be a structured dialogue between the two leaders at that time.

Sharif had ordered the JIT of the intelligence bureau, Inter-Services Intelligence, military intelligence, federal investigation agency and police to probe the Pathankot attack links to Pakistan.

This is the first time a Pakistani investigation team is visiting India in connection with a terror attack.

This was the first formal meeting between the two leaders after the January 2 cross-border terror attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot, Punjab that claimed the lives of seven Indian security personnel.

The attack derailed the foreign secretary-level talks between the two south Asian neighbours scheduled for the middle of January after Aziz and Swaraj had in December last year agreed to start a comprehensive bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi.

The two leaders arrived in Pokhara on Wednesday to attend the 37th meeting of the Saarc council of ministers which was held on Thursday.

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