Upon his return from London, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will take a call on whether to let officials from India’s NIA visit Pakistan and probe Jaish-e-Mohammed’s connection to the January 2 Pathankot terror attack.
It is noteworthy that even as India allowed Pakistani investigators to conduct their own probe by allowing them inside the Pathankot Air Force base late in March, Islamabad has been turning down a reciprocal request from India.
The bodies of three terrorists killed inside Pathankot Air Force base. PTI
According to Pakistani daily Express Tribune
, the government will take the decision after Eid-ul-Fitr.
Not only has been Pakistan dilly-dallying India’s request, its Joint Investigation Team (JIT) stated that India failed to provide evidence that Pakistan was behind the attack.
They also claimed that India did not give them full access to the base. Pakistani media had then reported
that the JIT believes India is itself behind the attack.
Pakistani Joint Investigation Team inside Pathankot IAF base. Neelabh Srivastava /PTI
According to the report, Sharif will be chairing a high-level meeting to discuss India’s request with the country’s topmost civil and military officials in attendance.
Between March 27 and 31, India allowed for the first time ever Pakistani investigators to enter a military base for evidence gathering.
The terrorists, India says, were from the Maulana Masood Azhar led outfit, which was also behind the 2001 Parliament attack.
Six of India’s brave security personnel were martyred in the attack. All the terrorists were neutralized.
Indian security personnel during the operation against the Pakistani terrorists. AFP
New Delhi wants to question JeM leaders including Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother. The attack and the subsequent events led to the suspension of the peace process between India and Pakistan. It should be noted here that it was Islamabad which cancelled the talks on April 7
Express Tribune writes that Pakistan believes that if Indian investigators are allowed to probe the terrorists, New Delhi might find a way to ridicule Islamabad.