Pathankot attack probe: Pakistan, Indian investigators start formal deliberations

Pathankot attack probe: Pakistan, Indian investigators start formal deliberations


The five-member Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will be given a limited tour of the Pathankot airbase today (Tuesday) after investigators of two countries opened formal discussions on Monday on the probe into the January 2 attack on the Indian airbase.

The five-member team, which had arrived in New Delhi on Sunday, visited the Ministry of Home Affairs where they held extensive discussions.

Later, the JIT visited the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters where they were received by Inspector General Sanjiv Kumar Singh. The team met Indian officers who have been working on the case and were given detailed presentations on the evidence they had collected.

Citing sources within the NIA, NDTV said the Pakistan team was shown evidence regarding the involvement of JeM chief Masood Azhar and his brother Mohammed Rauf Asghar, call records between the terrorists and their handlers, DNA samples of terrorists killed, statements of witnesses and copies of the FIR.

The team, which is led by Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) chief Muhammad Tahir Rai and includes members from the Inter-Services Intelligence and the Intelligence Bureau, is expected to travel to the Pathankot base today (Tuesday) on a special Indian Border Security Force (BSF) aircraft.

“Pakistan JIT will be taken to different locations associated with Pathankot attack case tomorrow (Tuesday),” the IG NIA told a news briefing.

Earlier, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said the decision to allow the Pakistani investigation team to visit the base rests with the NIA who have control of the ‘crime scene’.

“An area where the actual crime had taken place had been handed over to NIA long back which is conducting the entire investigation. Who will be taken there, who will probe, depends on the decision of NIA,” Parrikar said replying to questions in Quepem.

News Courtesy: The Express Tribune

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