New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal and the Congress today said that their warnings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against allowing Pakistani investigators to visit the Pathankot Air Force base have proved justified. The PM's "lack of knowledge of the intricacies of diplomacy," stands exposed, stated Anand Sharma of the Congress, after reports that the Pakistani team has concluded that India staged a deadly terror attack in January at the base, and then tried to "malign Pakistan" by stating that the six terrorists were from across the border.
Last week, amid fierce protests from Mr Kejriwal, who is the Chief Minister of Delhi, his Aam Aadmi Party or AAP, and the Congress, five Pakistani officers were allowed to visit the Pathankot base targeted by six terrorists from across the border early in January. India lost seven military personnel in the assault.
The visiting Pakistani officials were assigned to scrutinize and collect evidence. The Opposition had said the team, which included a member of Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency, should not be allowed entry to the base.
"What was claimed as a triumph of diplomacy has been seen as a failure," said Mr Sharma of the Congress, describing the PM's initiative to speed up a rapprochement with Pakistan that saw him making a surprise visit to Lahore in December on the birthday of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He also said that Pakistan's subterfuge is expected, but that it's the PM who has let down India.
Indian government sources have said they will react only to information shared officially by Pakistan, but the leaked information places the Prime Minister in an awkward position. "On one hand, they say 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and on the other, they call ISI and back stab Bharat Mata," Mr Kejriwal alleged of the ruling BJP and its ideological parent, the RSS or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
India says it has shared enough evidence to prove that the attack was masterminded by Masood Azhar, who leads the Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terror group based in Pakistan.