Why India cannot allow Pakistan investigators into Pathankot air base?

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Pathankot, Jan 20: Pakistan may be upset that India has said no to its investigators entering the Pathankot air force station to probe the case.

India, however, has every reason to deny the investigators permission to enter into the air base. While India may be in favour of friendly ties with Pakistan, it still needs to tread carefully as there will always be a trust deficit.

Pathankot attack

The Defence Ministry had made it clear that it shall not allow the Special Investigating Team constituted by Pakistan to enter the air force station.

Pakistan had indicated that its SIT would visit India to probe the matter. India had welcomed this move, but says that there will be restrictions.

Leaking of sensitive information:

When it comes to playing spy games, Pakistan has been India's biggest nightmare. Incidents in the recent past have clearly shown that Pakistan's spies are ready to source any information when it comes to India's defence.

In such a context it would be highly inappropriate to allow a Pakistan team into the air base which houses sensitive assets and also has crucial information relating to India's air force.

India would have taken a similar approach had it been any other country too. Although the Pathankot attack took place, India has said that it has managed to protect the assets and nothing crucial or sensitive has been destroyed or compromised.

Allowing persons from other countries into the air force base cannot be permitted as India suspects that under the garb of a probe, other information would be collected as well.

It must be recalled that the Pathankot air force station is a favourite striking point for Pakistan. In the previous wars that have been fought, Pakistan has always tried to launch the first attack on the air force station in a bid to cripple the air force.

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