Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has lashed out at the Centre saying the BJP government has stabbed “Mother India” in the back by allowing Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) inside the country to probe the Pathankot attack.
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The Aaam Admi Party Tweeted:
The government had allowed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from Pakistan, including an ISI official, to visit India last month to probe the attacks on Pathankot air force station in Punjab.
This stirred up a political controversy with the opposition parties slamming the government for giving the Pakistani team, which includes an ISI officer, “unfettered access” to the airbase.
The team was headed by Muhammad Tahir Rai, chief of Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), and includes Mohammad Azim Arshad, Lahore’s Deputy Director General, Intelligence Bureau, Lt Col Tanvir Ahmed of ISI, Lt Col Irfan Mirza of Military Intelligence and Shahid Tanveer, Investigating Officer of Gujranwala CTD.
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Earlier, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar denied that his ministry had cleared the Pakistan team’s visit to Pathankot. He said the “crime scene” was under NIA control and it was for the agency to decide who to allow there.
He said the “crime scene” was a “non-sensitive” area and had been completely barricaded, including visually. No defence asset, he said, would be used to facilitate the visit of the Pakistani team.
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“By allowing an official Pakistani team to visit and investigate, the BJP government has, for the first time, distinguished and, therefore, recognised that the Pakistani establishment does not have any role in perpetuating terror in India, more so in the context of the Pathankot terror attack,” Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala had earlier said.
Surjewala has also questioned the presence of an ISI officer in the Pakistani team. On April 5, Pakistan media reported
that the Pakistan’s Joint Investigating Team (JIT), that arrived in India to probe Pathankot attacks, was actually now convinced that the encounter had been stage-managed by Indian authorities. A report of ‘Pakistan Today’
, which quoted a JIT official, said that NIA failed to convince Pakistan with the evidences.
The anonymous JIT member told the media house that the Pathankot attack was nothing but “vicious propaganda” against Pakistan as Indian authorities did not have any evidence to back their claims.