Punjab CTD registers FIR against Pathankot attackers and abettors

Published: February 19, 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

The Punjab counter-terrorism department (CTD) registered on Friday a case against the alleged attackers of the Pathankot airbase in India’s northern province of Punjab and their abettors, Express News reported.

According to reports, the counter-terrorism department (CTD) of the Punjab police lodged FIR number 06/2016 in CTD police station Gujranwala under sections 302, 324 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), and sections 7 and 21-I of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

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Following the registration of the FIR, investigations have been launched while a join investigation team will probe the attack and bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah addressing the media said, “The information provided by India was used to file the case and if need be, Pakistan will ask India for more information.”

“Registration of the FIR is proof of Pakistan’s resolve against terrorism,” he added.

Seven Indian security officials were killed when gunmen mounted the brazen assault on the IAF base in Indian Punjab on January 2, 2015. New Delhi blamed the attack on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant group, and postponed the foreign-secretary-level talks.

After the attack, New Delhi said it had provided Islamabad with intelligence information to take action against the perpetrators who allegedly belonged to Pakistan.

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In response to the Indian claim that Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) was behind the attack, Islamabad formed a special investigation team (SIT) comprising officials from civil and military intelligence agencies to ascertain the claim. The STI was supposed to visit India, though it said there was no evidence of involvement of the JeM top cadres in the attack.

Subsequently, Pakistan apprehended scores of suspects including head of JeM Maulana Masood Azhar. However, media reports suggest Pakistani investigators have found Indian leads “inadequate” to implicate Azhar in the case.

On Friday, officials said a new joint team of military and civil intelligence agencies would look into the freshly lodged case, and that any non-state actor found to be involved would be brought to justice.

“The registration of this case shows that there is full commitment and earnestness,” Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters.

“If you want to make your image before the world better, and to dispel the propaganda of other countries that our commitment is questionable, then we have to do things like this,” he said.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • waqas
    Feb 19, 2016 - 12:31PM

    Pathankont Airbase is within limits of PS CTD Gujranwala?? is this a joke? Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 19, 2016 - 12:52PM

    Technically this means that the Punjab police is launching an FIR against certain “strategic assets” of the establishment.
    Huge victory for the civilian rule, if it can be put in that manner.Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Feb 19, 2016 - 2:08PM

    This is tantamount to admitting Pakistan’s involvement. Punjab government has no right to blunder into this mess. Recommend

  • Usman778
    Feb 19, 2016 - 2:32PM

    It does not matter that these particular militants are anti-indian, all must be arrested jailed and condemned

    We cannot be a sanctuary for such elements in the modern world. This action benefits pakistan. Recommend

  • Feb 20, 2016 - 12:48AM

    Another drama…
    followed by arrest, trail,lack of evidence (however strong it is)…etc
    at last the verdict all the terrorist are free, they can plan their next operation
    Oh come on we know it…Recommend

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