No evidence of Pakistan's involvement in Pathankot attack: Indian agency

Published: June 2, 2016
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Indian security personnel stand guard inside the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indian security personnel stand guard inside the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab. PHOTO: REUTERS

Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA) Sharad Kumar has said the agency did not find any evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Pathankot attack.

“No evidence to show Pakistan government or Pakistani government agency was helping Jaish–e–Mohammed, Masood Azhar or his aides carryout the Pathankot attack,” Kumar said while speaking to News18.

Seven Indian troops had died in the attack, which India later claimed, was carried out by four operatives of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group and their ‘handlers’ in Pakistan.

Pathankot attack: JIT winds up probe in India

When asked if the investigating authorities found an inside hand in the attack, Kumar said, “Investigation so far does not point to any inside hand.”

The NIA head added his country had carried out complete investigation in India and now he would wait to visit Pakistan for further probe.

New Delhi under fire over Pathankot lapse

Pakistan has been denying Indian allegation and following the attack launched a crackdown against the JeM.

It also formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which visited the Indian airbase in March to probe the involvement of JeM in the attack.

DG NIA’s statements vindicates Pakistan’s position: FO

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the recent statement by the DG NIA had vindicated Pakistan’s long-standing stance on the matter of Pathankot incident.

“Pakistan’s spirit of cooperation is manifested in the action we took in the wake of the alleged incident,” he said.

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence with neighbouring countries in the region, added Zakaria.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • NHA
    Jun 2, 2016 - 10:53PM

    Pakistan should sue India for defamation and slander. How many more such lies will be discovered. India and its Western allies must apologize and amend for the losses suffered by Pakistan.

    When will the world learn of Indian chicanery and deceit.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jun 2, 2016 - 10:53PM

    He said “so far, there is no evidence” …..it means investigation is still onRecommend

  • Azi
    Jun 2, 2016 - 10:58PM

    There never was, IA and IAF yet again only needed a scapegoat for their continued incompetence. Last time they blamed Chinese over drone spying which after 6 months of research turned out to be planets. And pigeon from Pakistan carrying “vital” information.

    One day this stuff will be enough even for Indians to laugh at their departments.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jun 2, 2016 - 11:22PM

    @Anon
    Every one is innocent until proven guilty..There is innocent and guilty..no so far and all that..Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 2, 2016 - 11:23PM

    No evidence to show Pakistan government or Pakistani government agency was helping Jaish–e–Mohammed, Masoor his apologies to the d Azhar or his aides carryout the Pathankot attack,” Kumar said while speaking to News18.

    And when is Mr Modi Sarkar going to offer his apologies to the Government of Pakistan?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Asfandyar
    Jun 2, 2016 - 11:32PM

    Indian media outlets should apologize for false reports and defamation otherwise Pakistan should sue them or ban them & their journalists from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jun 3, 2016 - 12:59AM

    He is saying Governmental involvement Pakistan non state actors… yes. I don’t understand how one can be non state actor living 30 miles from PM’s house or Army Headquarters or police ststion.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jun 3, 2016 - 1:07AM

    No such statement made or reported by NIA. See the official government site. Stop making up stories.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Jun 3, 2016 - 1:11AM

    Pakistan Zindabad! Shame on India. Recommend

  • Jun 3, 2016 - 2:02AM

    So at least people who were shouting that Pakistan is involved, should apologise. Recommend

  • Romm
    Jun 3, 2016 - 2:43AM

    Move to Trap Nawaz Sharif into Bilateral talks and subsequent opening of Wagah border for Indian Goods.
    BIG NORecommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 3, 2016 - 3:20AM

    Good news, now Pakistan and India relationship must go head and hope for better relationship with IndiaRecommend

  • Hameed
    Jun 3, 2016 - 3:31AM

    Modi backed down once more. When dealing with Pakistan, Modi has proven to be a coward time and time again. Congress was harder than this.Recommend

  • Rashid Ali
    Jun 3, 2016 - 3:49AM

    Better late than never. Immediately after the Pathankot attack, people who pointed fingers on Pakistan Army and ISI are looking so immature now. Hasty speculations made them look like primary school children blaming anyone they don’t get on with. Recommend

  • wb
    Jun 3, 2016 - 6:55AM

    @NHA:

    If a country could be sued for lies and defamation, then you can literally calculate that each and every Pakistani would end up being a beggar in their own streets.

    Nobody lies more than the Pathological Liars.Recommend

  • Zen
    Jun 3, 2016 - 7:05AM

    @Rex Minor:

    Apologies? Has JIT said that the case is closed? Since it is a JIT, Pakistan has visited the site and yet to invite India for its investigations.Recommend

  • s
    Jun 3, 2016 - 8:13AM

    @Anon @Sunil
    Bitter pill to swallow isn’t it, Pajeet?Recommend

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