Five member teak including Pakistani military intelligence and police officials arrived in New Delhi on Sunday. The team has come to probe January 2 terror attack at the Pathankot Indian Air Base in Punjab. Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team expressed to investigate into the brazen terror attack when India blamed on Pakistan JeM militants (Jaish-e-Mohammed) for the attack.
The Joint Investigation Team left for India on a special plane from Allama Iqbal International Airport. The JIT is being led by Punjab Counter Terrorism Department Additional Inspector General Muhammad Tahir Rai and the whole team will be travelling to Pathankot on Tuesday and will question witnesses there. According to the officials, the Pakistan team will be given limited access to the airbase. At the time of the attack, around seven military personnel were killed after an attack by alleged Pakistani terrorists. The JIT is to visit the NIA Headquarters on 28 March (today) and then Pathankot on 29 March.
The JIT team members are Punjab Counter Terrorism Department AIG Rai Tahir as convener, Intelligence Bureau Lahore Deputy Director General Azim Arshad, Lt Col Tanvir Ahmed of the ISI, Lt Col Irfan Mirza of MI and Gujranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer. They left for New Delhi at around 11.45 am on Sunday morning.
This is happening for the first time that a Pakistani team is coming and witnessing a case in India. New Delhi does not want them to feel lack of cooperation from their side. They were granted access as India hopes that justice will be granted. Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar is being blamed for the attack. He was also involved in the Indian Airlines IC 814 hijacking in 1999 in Afghanistan’s Kandhahar. The team will visit only that area where the attack happened.
According to the officials, India is also trying to press its team to visit that country for carrying further investigations.
The team will also be briefed first at the NIA headquarters which will also include a 90 minutes presentation.