Pak Team Investigating Pathankot Attack To Arrive On March 27: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz in Nepal.

Highlights

  • Pak team to visit India on 27th to investigate Pathankot terror attack
  • Team can't access areas that have high-value military assets
  • Ms Swaraj accepts Pak invite to PM to Islamabad for SAARC: PTI
New Delhi: A team of Pakistani investigators will arrive in India on the 27th  to study and collect evidence of the terror attack at the Pathankot air force base, said Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj today.

Ms Swaraj made the announcement after meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz in Nepal, on the sidelines of a session of SAARC, which has eight South Asian member countries.

News agency Press Trust of India reported that Ms Swaraj has also accepted the renewed invite extended by Mr Aziz to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the SAARC summit in Islamabad in November.

Ms Swaraj's meeting with Mr Aziz today renews high-level dialogue after the terror attack on the Pathankot air force base at the start of this year in which seven military personnel were killed.

Sources have told NDTV that the Pakistani visitors will be given no access to areas where high-value military assets are housed.

The Pathankot attack forced the delay of talks between the Foreign Secretaries of both countries. However, in a break from tradition, Pakistan did not straight away refute the origins of the terrorists, though it has rejected some of the evidence offered against the attackers by India, including cellphone records that show they called Pakistan after crossing the border into India.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered his top officials to help investigate the deadly terror attack, which came just days after PM Modi paid a surprise visit to Mr Sharif in December on his birthday.