NEW DELHI/PATHANKOT: Five Pakistani officials were allowed a limited period tour of the Pathankot air base as part of their investigation into the January terror attack in which 7 military personnel were killed.
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Workers of the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protested outside the airbase as they arrived in a bus.
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1. The Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which includes an ISI official was taken from the back of the air base as Congress and AAP workers protested outside the base holding banners, raising slogans and burning effigies.
2. Replying to criticism of the government for allowing the Pakistan probe team’s visit, Amit Shah, the chief of the ruling BJP, said: “For the first time Pakistan has made serious effort towards investigation.”
3.Commenting on the AAP protest, Delhi minister Kapil Mishra alleged an “ISI-BJP coalition” and said: “Why is ISI being served biriyani by Modi? The same people who have killed our people have come here…this is so shameful and disgusting.”
4.The Pakistani JIT team was taken to the area where 6 terrorists envolved in a gun-battle with security forces on January 2 – a part of the strategic air force base that is “non-sensitive”, according to the government.
5. AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had also attacked PM Narendra Modi yesterday.
6.The Pakistani team will be taken to the border to “retrace the route of the terrorists,” say officials. They might be taken to the hospital where the bodies of the terrorists have been kept.
7.Technical locations of the base have been barricaded to block the team from even a basic view of those facilities. White, red and yellow tents are keeping these areas out of sight.
8..India has allowed the Pak team to access to key witnesses – including a Punjab Cop official who says he was kidnapped by the terrorists and his car was hijacked by them – but according to the sources, it has made clear by the government that Pakistani team is not allowed to question security personnel.
9.Yesterday, the team held discussions with Indian investigators in the capital. Sources say they neither disaffirm nor rejected to India’s findings about how the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out the Pathankot attack.
10.Government sources say by allowing the Pakistani team access to key witnesses and evidence, they are holding attempts by Islamabad to canvas responsibility for the attack.
11. They also stress that much of the access allowed will be reciprocal – in particular, they want access to the mastermind of the Pathankot attack, Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed and others who were involved in Mumbai 26/11 attack.