India would request NIA access

New Delhi : The Pakistani Joint Investigation Team that is in India to probe the January 2 Pathankot terror attack; in New Delhi on March 28, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

NIA team would visit Pakistan in the coming days to look into the evidences and eye witness account the same way Pakistan’s JIT team was given permission in the last few days.

India will send a written request to Pakistan to allow NIA agency to investigate in Punjab and Sindh and in order to help the JIT with further investigation.

“We said that a team of NIA could be sent to Pakistan for a probe since the conspiracy was hatched there. They welcomed the idea. The dates will be worked out later,” he said at the end of the five-day visit of the JIT. “A request will be sent through MEA for the purpose,” said a senior NIA officer.

Sources said that NIA would seek special permission from JIT team to search for unknown hideouts of JeM, would want to talk to the families of  the four terrorists killed during the attack and the evidences JIT collected against the involvement of JeM. “We will also demand access to Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar, Shahid Latif, Abdul Rauf and Khayyam Babbar, who acted as handlers of the terrorists,” added the officer.

The NIA had provided JIT with strong evidences against the officers who worked for the terrorists and helped them to carry out the attack.

“NIA also sought voice samples of some senior office-bearers of JeM,” added the officer without mentioning anyone in particular.

NIA sources said that they sought the voice samples of Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf and Khayyam Babbar, mother of one of the killed terrorists identified as Nasir Hussain, as he had called her before starting the attack in Pathankot. The NIA also wanted the DNA sample of her.