Pathankot attack: JIT winds up probe in India

The team also recorded statements of 16 witnesses including an Indian Punjab SP

News Desk April 01, 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

The five-member Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on Friday completed its five-day probe into the Pathankot airbase attack.

The team, which is led by Punjab Counter Terror Department’s AIG Tahir Rai, had arrived in India on Sunday March 27. They reviewed evidence collected by Indian investigators in addition to visiting the ‘crime scene’ at the airbase. They also recorded statements of 16 witnesses including an Indian Punjab SP.

At least seven officials were killed when militants had stormed the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on January 2. New Delhi had accused the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group for the attack. Based on evidence provided by India, Pakistan had filed an FIR and created a JIT which included, among others, officers of civil and military intelligence agencies.

Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) DG Sharad Kumar told reporters on Friday that they had presented the JIT with “concrete evidence” against JeM leaders.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 2nd, 2016.


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