India counters Abdul Basit’s assertion, reminds Pakistan that both sides agreed on reciprocity on Pathankot probe

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs gave a statement after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said on Thursday that peace talks between both countries were suspended and that Indian team won’t be allowed to conduct probe on its soil. MEA Vikas Swarup issued a statement which said that both Pakistan had agreed to reciprocate after India allowed JIT to enter. He also said that on Thursday evening Pakistan Foreign Ministry said that talks will go on.

“We have seen comments by Pakistan High Commissioner on the visit of JIT to investigate. The comment has a reference to reciprocity, we would like to clarify that before the visit of JIT, Indian High Commission formally conveyed to Pakistan Foreign Ministry that Terms of Reference “are broadly agreed to with proviso that these would be on the basis of reciprocity and followed in accordance with extant legal provisions.


“Pakistan High Commissioner also stated that he thought the peace process is suspended. We note the Spokesman of Pakistani MoFA said, ‘Your question implies whether the Foreign Secretary level talks will take place or not I’ve stated this many times that both countries are in contact with each other and it has been reiterated from both sides that modalities are being worked out. I will again state that negotiations are the best means to resolve the issues I’ve read statement of Indian Foreign Secy you are referring to and in that also there was indication that talks would take place,” MEA spokesperson said.

Introducing a fresh chill in Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan earlier said the bilateral peace process stands “suspended”, indicated that it would not allow Indian investigators to travel there and accused India of creating unrest in its territory.

He poured cold water on India’s expectations that a team of NIA investigators would be allowed to visit Pakistan in connection with the Pathankot terror strike probe on the basis of reciprocity, a Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) having just concluded a visit to India.
“The whole investigation is not about the question of reciprocity in my view. It is more about extending cooperation or our two countries cooperating with each other to get to the bottom of the incident,” Basit said.
Basit opened his interaction at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club with a written statement in which he made a pointed reference to a former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Yadav, currently in detention in Pakistan on charges of spying. Yadav’s arrest “irrefutably collaborates what Pakistan has been saying all along”, he said alluding to Pakistani charges that India was fomenting trouble in the restive province of Balochistan.
“We are all aware of those who seek to create unrest in Pakistan and de-stabilise the country,” the envoy said.

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