Pakistan briefs foreign diplomats on Pulwama findings

All aspects of the information provided by India have been thoroughly examined , says FO

Our Correspondent March 28, 2019
Diplomatic corps in Islamabad was briefed as well on the findings: FO. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday shared preliminary findings with India and presented New Delhi with a set of questions after conducting an investigation in connection to the February 14 Pulwama suicide attack in occupied Kashmir.

The diplomatic corps in Islamabad was also briefed regarding the initial findings of the incident, a statement from the Foreign Office said.

India had shared a paper on February 27. Soon after its receipt, Pakistan had constituted an investigation team, detained a number of persons for investigation and initiated work on the technical aspects of social media content, the main basis of the Indian paper.

The Indian paper contains 91 pages and is subdivided into six parts, out of which only part two & three pertain to the Pulwama incident. Other parts are generalised allegations. Pakistan is focusing on those parts which relate to the Pulwama incident.

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During the course of the investigation, all aspects of the information provided by India have been thoroughly examined including the 'confessional' video of Adil Dar, 'claim' of responsibility for the attack, Whatsapp and Telegram numbers used to share videos and messages in support of Pulwama attack, added the FO statement.

"A list of 90 individuals suspected of belonging to a proscribed organisation and 22 pin locations of alleged training camps have also been compiled."

"Service providers have been requested for data including relevant details of activities and contacts of the GSM number provided by India. A request for assistance from Whatsapp has also been made to the US Government."

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While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far, the statement added. Similarly, the 22 pin locations shared by India have been examined. No such camps exist.

"Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations."

"Additional information and documents from India would be essential to continue the process of investigations. Pakistan remains committed to taking this process until it reaches its logical conclusion."

The attorney general, foreign and interior secretaries and director general Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) were also present during the briefing.


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