The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has formally requested Pakistan for a visit to the neighbouring country to carry forward its investigation into terror case.
A report in The Indian Express said that the NIA had sent a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) which will forward it to authorities in Pakistan.
The NIA’s request comes after a joint investigation team (JIT) from Pakistan, including an ISI officer, visited India from in March to conduct its own probe into the attack.
During their visit, the Pakistani JIT had held meetings with NIA officers in New Delhi and were also allowed access to the Pathankot airbase.
The decision had snowballed into a big controversy as opposition parties in India slammed Narendra Modi government for compromising the national security.
India, in turn, has been pressing Pakistan to allow a reciprocal visit by the NIA.
An NIA officer said, ““We have been seeking reciprocity from Pakistan on the Pathankot probe. While the issue of a reciprocal visit by the NIA to Pakistan was discussed during Foreign Secretary-level talks on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference, we are now sending the first formal request seeking a visit to Pakistan. A letter is being sent to the Ministry of External Affairs for further communication to Pakistan.”
The NIA had sent Letters Rogatory to Islamabad on the Pathankot airbase attack case but has till date not received any response.
Pakistan in April had suspended peace talks with India, causing a huge setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pakistan policy’.
Speaking to reporters in Delhi, the Pakistani High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, had said that the visit by the Pakistani JIT was never about ‘reciprocity.’
He had said, “It’s not about reciprocity but co-operation of our two countries. Therefore, a fair and just resolution is a must and attempts to put it on backburner from our perspective will be counterproductive. It is high time to break the carapace of complacency and dispense with self-serving approaches.”