In an interview to Network 18, Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA) Sharad Kumar said that while investigations are complete on the Indian side, there is a need to visit Pakistan for further probe.
An armored vehicle moves near Pathankot Indian Air Force. PTI
However, while India allowed Pakistani investigators to jointly probe the case in India, Islamabad did not extend the same courtesy to NIA prompting Home Minister Rajnath Singh to brand it “a betrayal”.
He said that there was “sufficient and stringent evidence” to suggest that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Rauf Azhar were behind the attack that left eight dead, including seven security personnel.
On being asked whether there was any evidence against Pakistan, Kumar said there was none “so far”.
It should be noted here that the manner in which the seven terrorists infiltrated the base led many to speculate that there was an inside hand in the attack. Kumar, however, dismissed it saying that that there was nothing so far to point in that direction.
Kumar also refused to comment on Salvinder Singh, the SP who was kidnapped by the terrorists and later released.
He said that the chargesheet will reveal whether Singh stands an accused or an innocent. Yet Kumar added that Singh’s version of the day of his kidnapping was true.
Meanwhile, a report released by the International Crisis Group (ICG), a Brussels-based NGO, has revealed that JeM has been able to draw more recruits following the Pathankot attack.
An anti-India demonstration in Pakistan. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed
The report slams the local Punjab government in Pakistan for not doing anything to end the “climate of impunity” in the region.