New Delhi, Apr 7: Introducing a fresh chill in Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan today said the bilateral peace process stands “suspended”, indicated that it would not allow Indian investigators to travel there and accused India of creating unrest in its territory. Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit did some plain- speaking at a media interaction here when he said presently the peace process was “suspended”, something India has been reluctant to admit.(Also Read: MEA counters Pakistan envoy’s assertion, says both sides agreed on reciprocity)Also Read - India Condemns Pakistan's Decision to Transfer Management of Kartarpur Gurudwara to Trust
He poured cold water on India’s expectations that a team of NIA investigators would be allowed to visit Pakistan in connection with the Pathankot terror strike probe on the basis of reciprocity, a Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) having just concluded a visit to India. “The whole investigation is not about the question of reciprocity in my view. It is more about extending cooperation or our two countries cooperating with each other to get to the bottom of the incident,” Basit said. This flies in the face of India’s expectations that after the JIT’s visit, a team of NIA investigators would be travelling to Pakistan. Also Read - Former Pak Envoy Trolled After he Retweeted Photo of Porn Star as Kashmiri Who Lost Vision in 'Pellet Injury'
NIA had conveyed to the JIT that it would like to send a team to Pakistan, the External Affairs Ministry confirmed today. Basit opened his interaction at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club with a written statement in which he made a pointed reference to a former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Yadav, currently in detention in Pakistan on charges of spying. Yadav’s arrest “irrefutably collaborates what Pakistan has been saying all along”, he said alluding to Pakistani charges that India was fomenting trouble in the restive province of Balochistan. Also Read - Shobhaa De Denies Former Pak High Commissioner Abdul Basit's Claim he Influenced Her Writing on Kashmir
“We are all aware of those who seek to create unrest in Pakistan and de-stabilise the country,” the envoy said. A Pakistani commentator said on TV later that Basit was speaking for Pakistan, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting of National Security Council attended by the chiefs of armed forces