New Delhi: India on Friday said it will decide at an “appropriate time” on India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) team’s visit to Pakistan in connection with the Pathankot strike, maintaining that investigations into the case were on in both countries.

Asked about Pakistan Prime Minister's Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz's remarks that they may consider allowing a visit by the NIA team, if India makes a formal request, the External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, Vikas Swarup said “The (Pakistani) JIT visit was held in a constructive and cooperative environment to investigate the Pathankot Air Base attack. We welcome cooperation to combat all forms of terrorism.”

He said the investigations are ongoing. “We will consider the next step at an appropriate time,” he said.

Asserting that the Indo-Pak dialogue was never suspended, Swarup said “Multiple conversations have been held between India and Pakistan at multiple levels including at the level of the two Prime Ministers who spoke to each other quite recently. Obviously, after the Pathankot attack, the focus of the conversations was on the investigation of that particular attack.”

However, he said, other aspects of the relationships have also been discussed. “I have made statements and so has my Pakistani counterpart. So this should give you clarity that the dialogue process has not been suspended.”

Earlier this month, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit during an interaction with media had said the dialogue process was suspended.

Asked about the safety and security of Indian prisoners in Pakistan, Swarup said India has asked Pakistan to take all necessary steps for ensuring safety, security and well being of all Indians in Pakistani custody, especially in light of the mysterious death of Indian prisoner Kripal Singh in a jail there.

“Through our High Commission in Pakistan, we have asked the government of Pakistan to take all necessary steps for ensuring safety, security and well being of all Indians in Pakistani custody. And, naturally this has been reiterated in light of what has happened with Kripal Singh.