Pakistan probe team will arrive in India on 27 March to investigate Pathankot attack: Sushma Swaraj

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from Pakistan, probing the Pathankot terror attack, will come to India on March 27, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday after a meeting with Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs advisor to the Pakistan prime minister.

Sushma Swaraj said the probe will start on 28 March. Sushma Swaraj met with Sartaj Aziz, on the sidelines of the Saarc ministerial meeting in Nepal's Pokhara on Thursday. She also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the invitation, extended by Aziz, to attend the Saarc Summit in Islamabad on 9-10 November, later this year.

Pakistan probe team will arrive in India on 27 March to investigate Pathankot attack: Sushma Swaraj

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During the meeting, Aziz handed over to Sushma Swaraj an invitation from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to attend the South Association Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit scheduled to be held in Pakistan later this year.

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

Aziz, meanwhile, expressed the hope that Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz 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.

The attack derailed the foreign secretary-level talks between the two south Asian neighbours scheduled for the middle of January after Aziz and Sushma 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.

Earlier on Thursday, Sushma Swaraj and Aziz met for five minutes over breakfast here. Their first meeting was over dinner on Wednesday night.

ANI also quoted sources in the ministry who said that the Pakistan Joint Investigation Team members, who are to arrive in India on 27 March for Pathankot probe, haven't applied for visa yet. India also sought details of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar during the meeting with Aziz, sources added.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Mar 17, 2016 20:04:51 IST

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