Pakistan Pulls Plug on Bilateral Peace Process

Islamabad said, bilateral peace process stands suspended, indicated it would not allow NIA to visit the country.

Published: 08th April 2016 04:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th April 2016 04:45 AM   |  A+A-

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A Security forces jawan guards inside the Pathankot Air Force base after the end of the military operation against militants on Tuesday | PTI

NEW DELHI:  In a setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to bring peace with Pakistan, Islamabad on Thursday said the bilateral peace process stands “suspended”, and indicated it would not allow Indian investigators to travel there in connection with the Pathankot terror attack probe. It also accused India of creating unrest in its territory.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said presently the peace process was “suspended”, something India has been reluctant to admit. He also poured cold water on India’s expectations that a team of NIA investigators would be allowed to visit Pakistan in connection with the Pathankot probe on the basis of reciprocity, with a Pakistani Joint Investigation Team having just concluded its visit to India. “The investigation is not about the question of reciprocity... It is more about extending cooperation... our two countries cooperating with each other to get to the bottom of the incident,” he said. This flies in the face of India’s expectations. 

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