JIT to probe Pathankot attackers' alleged Pakistan ties

Published: January 11, 2016
Indian security personnel stand guard next to a barricade outside the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot in Punjab, India, January 2, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indian security personnel stand guard next to a barricade outside the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot in Punjab, India, January 2, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked the chief of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to form a joint investigation team (JIT) to investigate the alleged links of the Pathankot air base attackers with Pakistan, sources in the Prime Minister’s House said on Sunday.

The decision to form a JIT, comprising officials from IB, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by the premier a few days ago.

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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar attended the meeting.

“Prime Minister Nawaz is taking an active role in getting to the bottom of the Pathankot incident,” a Prime Minister’s House source said. “He also discussed the issue with army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and took him on board about the decision to form a JIT.”

“This investigation will be a major test of the prime minister to move Pakistan-India relationship forward and to break the cycle of off-again on-again talks between the two neighbours,” the source added.

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New Delhi has shared with Islamabad some evidence of the Pathankot attackers’ purported links to Pakistan. The evidence is said to include some voice recordings and the cellular phone numbers of the attackers’ handlers which were allegedly traced to Pakistan.

PM Nawaz has assured his Indian counterpart that Pakistan will investigate the matter and make the results public.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Skywalker
    Jan 11, 2016 - 8:50AM

    If there is ISI, then good luck, we will never find the true culprits. Bye Bye future talks.Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    Jan 11, 2016 - 10:36AM

    @Skywalker: And Bye Bye Nawaz-India business deals.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jan 11, 2016 - 11:05AM

    Impractical to have three agencies probing one crime since chain of command will be unclear and turf war inevitable. Often one agency does not know the agenda of others, prospect of working at cross purposes and derailment being high.Recommend

  • Sid
    Jan 11, 2016 - 11:35AM

    Collecting voice samples from people sitting in Lahore and comparing with what India provided requires a JIT ? I do believe in Nawaz’s sincerity but seems like someone in his trusted circles is taking him for a long ride.
    In case any technically capable person from Nawaz’s team is reading the message all they have to do is
    1. Collect voice samples, do forensic comparion with voices on telephonic conversations recording provded by India.
    2. The phone numbers provided can be triangulated for time and location when used.

    Have few more tips…..feel free to ask.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jan 11, 2016 - 1:27PM

    Or even simple we can provide India with the voice samples of those they are alleging are involved.Recommend

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