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Government prepared for Pakistan probe team’s visit: Rajnath 

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the government was “prepared” for the upcoming visit of a special investigation team from Pakistan to probe the Pathankot terror attack but the modalities were yet to be worked upon.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Singh skirted a direct reply on whether the visiting Joint Investigation Team would be given access to the strategic India Air Force (IAF) base, saying: “We are prepared.”

Terrorists, believed to be from Pakistan, attacked the IAF base in Punjab’s Pathankot town on January 2, leaving seven security personnel dead. Security forces eliminated the six terrorists.

The home minister on Friday indicated that detailed modalities would be worked out by the officials from the home ministry and external affairs ministry after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj returns from Nepal where she is attending a Saarc ministerial meeting.

After a meeting with Sartaj Aziz, the foreign affairs advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Swaraj had said in Pokhara (Nepal) on Thursday that the Joint Investigation Team from Pakistan would arrive in India on March 27 to carry forward the probe into the Pathankot attack.

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