In connection with the probe into the Pathankot attack, the Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT) accompanied by Indian officials reached the IAF base.
The five-member team lead by Punjab’s Additional Inspector General of Police, Counter Terrorism Department, Muhammad Tahir Rai landed at Sri Guru Ramdas International Airport in Amritsar and left for Pathankot by road amid tight security. According to the officials, JIT and National Investigation Agency (NIA) will take stock of probe into the airbase attack which happened on January 2 in which four terrorists and seven security forces personnel were killed during the fight.
Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi. thehindu
The Pakistani team consists of Inter-Services Intelligence ISI Lt Col rank officer Tanvir Ahmed, Lahore’s Deputy Director General Intelligence Bureau Mohammad Azim Arshad, Military Intelligence Lt Col Irfan Mirza and Gujaranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer.
According to the police officials, they have diligently barricaded areas around the IAF facility .
A large police contingent has been deployed in and around Dhangu village where the IAF base is located. “The district police has been informed about the visit and deployments have been done accordingly,” a senior police official said.
The government has made it clear that the Pakistani team will have restricted access to the airbase with the officials of NIA taking them to selected areas of the base.
This is the first time that a Pakistani team has visited the country to probe a terror case. However, opposing the visit by the Pakistani investigators, Congress workers staged a protest near the air base and showed black flags.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and tweeted:
On Monday, India shared details of the call records of the terrorists and their handlers like Qasim Jaan, Ashfaq Ahmed and Hafiz Abdul Shakur in Pakistan, DNA samples and statements of witnesses with the Pakistan team.