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Narendra Modi likely to visit Pakistan in November

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SHAFQAT ALI
Published Feb 29, 2016, 6:35 pm IST
Updated Feb 29, 2016, 6:36 pm IST
Pakistan has proposed to host the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: PTI)
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: PTI)

Islamabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Islamabad in November this year; the Pakistani government announced here Monday.

Pak Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said that dates for Prime Minister Modi’s visit were being finalised.

 

“Dates for the upcoming SAARC Summit in Islamabad are being worked out in consultation with member states,” Tariq Fatemi said.

“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to attend the summit,” he added. “The summit will probably be held in November.”

Pakistan has proposed to host the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016.

Further, Fatemi said a five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe the January 2 terror attack on India’s Pathankot airbase will complete its work this week.

 

Seven Indian soldiers were killed when militants stormed the airbase, with India claiming involvement of Masood Azhar-led militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The Punjab government had last week formed the JIT to investigate the Pathankot airbase attack case, which was registered a week earlier in Gujranwala.

The newly-formed team is being headed by the same person who heads the six-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed earlier by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The team is working on the basis of a First Information Report (FIR) registered in Gujranwala on February 18 under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997.

 

The FIR was lodged on the recommendations of the SIT formed by the premier in the week of January after India had provided evidence suggesting the attack was planned and handled from Pakistan. The team had, however, termed the proof inadequate to book the suspects, including Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, named by India.

Modi had last visited Pakistan in December to surprise his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, on his birthday. The ties between the two nations received a boost due to the short trip but the Pathankot attack again spoiled the peace efforts.

 

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