Pak Pathankot JIT to touch base in India on March 27: Swaraj

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Pokhara (Nepal), Mar 17: A Pakistani Joint Investigation Team will touch base in India on March 27 to convey forward its test into the Pathankot fear assault, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj declared here today.

The declaration came after Swaraj’s 20-minute meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, who trusted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Premier Nawaz Sharif will meet in the US on March 31 on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.

“It is unrealistic that Pathankot be not examined in my meeting with Sartaj Aziz…the date for JIT visit has been chosen. It will touch base on (March) 27th night and will start their work on March 28,” Swaraj said tending to the media with Aziz after the two pioneers held chats on the sidelines of the SAARC ecclesiastical meeting.

Aziz, on his part, communicated fulfillment over the way the Pathankot episode was taken care of on both sides. He trusted that Sharif and Modi will meet in the US.

“Not certain whether there will be an organized dialog however confident that they will meet,” Aziz said.

Aziz likewise gave over a welcome to Swaraj for Prime Minister Modi to go to the SAARC Summit facilitated by Pakistan on November 9 and 10.

Swaraj said she has acknowledged the welcome for the benefit of the Prime Minister and expressed gratitude toward Sharif and Aziz for it.

Not long ago, a planned meeting between Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India was delayed after the January 2 Pathankot assault for which India censures Pakistan-based dread gathering Jaish-e-Muhammed.