Sartaj Says He’s Ready To Discuss All Issues With Swaraj

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said he is willing to discuss all issues, including the Pathankot attack, with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj here in Nepal. 

Mr Aziz also expressed hope that a Pakistani Special Investigation Team (SIT) would be able to visit India soon to carry forward the probe into the attack on the Pathankot airbase in January.

Sartaj says he’s ready to discuss all issues with Swaraj
Sartaj says he’s ready to discuss all issues with Swaraj

“Don’t worry. The main purpose of the meeting, of course, is to hand over the invitation for the Saarc Summit. And then anything she wants to discuss, we will discuss,” he told reporters here as he arrived for the 37th Saarc Council of Ministers Meeting. Asked if he was optimistic about a positive outcome of his meeting with Ms Swaraj, Mr Aziz said.

“We will tell you after the meeting. We are always open for positive outcome.” He said Pakistan was engaged with India on the Pathankot issue. “We are responding on that and you know it. We are talking on all subjects,” he said, replying to sustained questions on whether Pathankot attack would be discussed.

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Asked when could one expect a Pakistani SIT in India, he replied “very soon”. Ms Swaraj and Mr Aziz are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the Saarc meeting during which the Indian minister is expected to nudge Pakistan to take action in the airbase attack case.