Pak probe team in Pathankot

Pathankot: Security beefed up at Pathankot Air Force base during the visit of PM Narendra Modi on Saturday following a recent attack by terrorists on the base. PTI Photo (PTI1_9_2016_000164B)

Today, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will collect evidence related to the attack being planned from Pakistan. Seven security officers were killed in the attack.

In the after session, the Pakistani team will be asking their questions to the National Investigation Agency  (NIA) investigators to clear doubts, if any, before they go to Pathankot in a special flight tomorrow morning, some sources informed. The NIA will close the IAF airbase with barricades to prevent any view of its areas. Some areas will be shown where the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were hidden for the 80 hour assault with the security forces. India will allow the Pakistani team to access all witnesses  in the Pathankot attack case but not security officers from National Security Guard or the BSF.

The sources said cooperation to the Pakistani team would be based on the principle of reciprocity, hoping an Indian team will be allowed to travel to Pakistan at a later date.

The witnesses include Punjab SP Salwinder Singh, his friend Rajesh Verma and cook Madan Gopal and 17 injured people. The three men were kidnapped by the terrorists on the night of December 31-January 1 before the terrorists entered the IAF base.

The NIA will also share the details about the four terrorists,including their home villages, people who had helped them for their entry into India through Bamiyal village on the Indo-Pak border. The Pakistani team will be taken to the point where the Jaish terrorists had breached the border to enter India, they said.