India has ruled out the possibility of allowing a Pakistani special investigation team (SIT) access to the Pathankot airbase, which was targeted by terrorists belonging to the Jaishe-Muhammed.
Officials of the external affairs ministry and NIA while making this clear to ET and said that they expected Pak investigators to probe the role of suspects in Pakistan first.
The statements came a day after Pakistan announced that a SIT will shortly visit India in connection with the probe and India had agreed to it in principle.
Government sources said they were ready to share details of investigation conducted by the National Investigation Agency but Islamabad needed to ensure that a detailed probe was conducted into the role of those who perpetrated the attacks.
People familiar with the developments indicated that the visit by Pakistani SIT could take place in the near future and foreign secretary talks would happen only after its visit. Foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz had suggested that the dialogue be held simultaneously with the SIT visit.