Pak JIT to question witnesses of Pathankot terror attack today

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Joint investigation team (JIT) which was formed to help India in Pathankot terror attack inquiry is likely to record statements of the witnesses includes Punjab Police official SP Salwinder Singh, his cook at the airbase Madan Gopal, a friend of his, Rajesh Verma and others on Thursday.

Reportedly, the three persons will not be in direct access of the Pakistani team and NIA officials will have charge of the interrogation.

The joint investigation team will return to Pakistan on April 2.

An attack on the Pathankot airbase on January 2 had claimed lives of seven personnel. Militants had entered the airbase in the early hours that day.

Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif had formed the committee after taking Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in confidence.

The team which is led by Punjab Counter Terrorism Department’s (CTD) Additional Inspector General (IG) Muhammad Tahir Rai includes Intelligence Bureau (IB) Lahore’s Deputy Director Muhammad Azeem Arshad, Lieutenant Colonel of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Tanvir Ahmad, Lieutenant Colonel Irfan Mirza of Military Intelligence (MI) and CTD Gujranwala’s Shahid Tanvir.

The team had reached the Indian capital on March 29. The next day, National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials accompanied the Pakistani members to the attack site in Punjab near Amritsar.

The team was not given complete access to the airbase.

On the other hand, it was reported earlier that India is likely to seek Pakistan’s permission for a visit in the same probe. Indian media had claimed that the government would ask Pakistan’s approval to arrange NIA officials’ visit.

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency asked the joint investigation team to identify the seven alleged Pakistani numbers which are said to be somehow associated with militants who had stormed the airbase.

NIA chief Sharad Kumar stated that after day-long deliberations with Pakistani officials, the agency asked the team to provide voice samples of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and mother of the slain terrorist, identified by name Nasir.

While, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party had protested at the airbase during Pakistani team’s visit expressing insecurity over ISI official’s present at Indian Air Force (IAF) base.

The protesting parties have questioned Modi-govermment’s ability to not compromise over national security amid Pathankot attack probe.

Read More: Oppositions protests, allies flay as Pakistan probe team heads to Pathankot

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