‘Hafiz Saeed may be part of Pakistan probe team’


After Opposition parties now BJP’s ally Shiv Sena criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi  as Pakistan Joint Investigation Team examined the scene of a terror attack  at the Pathankot Indian Air Force baseby saying that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed could also be a part of the team and no one would know.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut slammed Modi to an extent that he even questioned if  ever Pakistan would ever allow an Indian team to investigate any attack in this manner.

NDA constituent Shiv Sena targeted Modi government for allowing 5- member Pakistan’s team that also includes one ISI officer , saying “the way Pakistan JIT is being taken around Pathankot is wrong”.

“Hafiz Saeed could be a part of this team and we will not know about it,” said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

While a group of Congress members staged protest near the IAF base in Pathankot and demanded that Pakistani investigators be sent back.

And  a group of AAP  leaders led by  Sanjay Singh is protesting  against Pajkistan’s probve team visit to pathankot .Several banners screaming “Pakistan go back” and “Bharat ma ki dharti par ISI nahi chalegi (No Pakistani spy agency ISI in India)” were put up outside Delhi Assembly.

An Indian team is escorting the five Pakistan JIT members to the attack scene, which is being given only limited access to the airbase.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, had attacked the Centre for allowing the Pakistani team into the country.

Kejriwal said, “The Prime Minister should tell the nation why he is “surrendering” to Pakistan by allowing its investigators to probe the Pathankot attack .

Kejriwal said ,” Indian probe agencies should have gone to that country where “actual masterminds are sitting”.

India is saying that Pathankot terror attack was Pakistan-sponsored and in this situation, how can ISI probe against itself?, he asked.

“We are saying that Pathankot terror attack was Pakistan-sponsored. If it was Pakistan-sponsored attack, how can ISI probe against itself?. India is the major victim of the terror attacks and masterminds, who are actual players, are sitting in Pakistan.

The JIT members will be kept away from the AFS’ technical area and shown only those areas where security forces engaged the Pakistani terrorists in the first week of January.

“We have, physically and visually, barricaded the airbase. Tent walls have been erected around the crime scene (shootout site) and nothing else will be visible to the JIT members. Their entry will also be through a special gate through the rear portion of the airbase,” an IAF officer told .

Punjab Police DIG (deputy inspector general) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said that the Pakistan JIT will be taken by the NIA to the site of the gunbattle.

“The team will be provided access to the area of the encounter,” Singh said.

Informed defence sources here said the team members could also be shown the bodies of the killed terrorists kept in a government mortuary.

NIA officers will accompany the JIT members.

The JIT will not get to interact with IAF or other defence and security officials and personnel involved in the 80-hour counter-operation by security forces against the terrorists who attacked the airbase in the early hours of January 2.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday in Goa that the Pakistani team would not have access to the operational area of the airbase, but only the isolated “crime scene”, which has been completely barricaded and fenced.

All the terrorists and seven security personnel were killed at the base.

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