Party's senior spokesman Anand Sharma told reporters that the Pakistani Joint Investigative Team (JIT) was allowed in India in order to "cover up" the "failure" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Pakistan policy.
    
"Prime Minister lacks vision or roadmap to engage with Pakistan and he has tried to mask every diplomatic failure by claiming success and having reached an understanding and also sincere assurance by Pakistan."
    
He claimed that till today the Prime Minister has not termed the terror strike at the strategic Pathankot air base as an "attack on India".
    
This, he suggested, was strange in the light of the fact that PM Modi had dubbed the 2008 Mumbai terror incidents as an attack on India.
    
Besides, Sharma contended that since the conspiracy was hatched at Bahwalpur in Pakistan, it would have been in fitness of things that Indian investigators should have gone to the neighbouring country.

He said India should have persuaded Pakistan to allow interrogation by Indian officers of Maulana Masood Azhar of the JeM, who is the mastermind behind the Pathankot terror strike.

Sharma was also critical of the BJP chief Amit Shah for praising Modi on the JIT issue and said that in the coming session of Parliament, opposition would raise questions on the whole matter and will not allow the Prime Minister to maintain silence as usual.
    
"The JIT team's visit to and the certificate of commendation or sincerity and seriousness of effort given by BJP President speaks volumes of his lack of understanding of the complexity of Indo-Pak relations and the seriousness of the issue", he remarked.

 

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