With the JIT ditch, India turns to foreign probe agencies
Pakistan confirms that India had not produced witnesses belonging to the security forces, NIA before its Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the Pathankot terror attack.
Earlier the Pakistani media reports had reported that Pathankot attack was “a staged drama by India” though Pakistan Foreign Ministry made no reference to the media reports.
India feels that the reports were influenced by ISI and Pakistani armed forces.
“The JIT visited the crime scene and also recorded the statements of some witnesses. However, the winesses belonging to the Indian security forces were not produced before it,” said the Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement.
Having no backup support from Pakistan, NIA has decided to approach foreign probe agencies including the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in connection with its probe into the Pathankot terror attack.
The approach has been made amidst waiting for the approval from Pakistan to visit the country by NIA for further investigation.
After the attack, Abdul Rauf, brother of Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar, was seen in a video taking responsibility on a website ‘alqalam.com’ and ‘rangonoor.com’ which were hosted by a US-based domain service provider.
The NIA has also sent a Letters Rogatory to Pakistan for which a response is still waiting.
According to the Indian version of the dispute, the JIT was provided with all the evidence pertaining to the attack, including the DNA samples of four terrorists, their identity as well as call records showing involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists behind the terror strike on the Pathankot airbase.
The attack killed seven Indian officers and lasted for 80 hours.