India awaiting details from Pak, visit by SIT: Govt on Pathankot
India on Wednesday said it was awaiting a visit by Pakistan’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) and other details in connection with the Pathankot terror attack, days after Pakistani authorities registered an FIR in the case.
“The government awaits details from Pakistan and also awaits visit by Pakistan’s SIT,” MoS for External Affairs VK Singh said in Lok Sabha.
Pakistan PM’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz had on Monday that the SIT from the country may visit Pathankot early in March and that his country was pursuing the investigation seriously.
In the first official confirmation, he had also said Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, named by India as the mastermind of the Pathankot attack, has been under “protective custody” since January 14.
Singh said NSAs and Foreign Secretaries of the two countries are in regular touch and that Pakistan conveyed to India that leads provided to it about the attack are being investigated. “The government of India is committed to addressing all outstanding issues with Pakistan through bilateral peaceful dialogue, as envisaged in the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration,” he said.
He said after the Pathankot attack, it was conveyed to Pakistan that it must take firm and immediate action against the organisations and individuals in the country responsible for and linked to the attack.
“This was done at the highest level when the PM received a call from Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on January 5,” he said.