Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday submitted to India its initial findings on alleged Pakistani links to the Pathankot terror attack saying that the telephone numbers given by India were not registered in Pakistan, a news report here said.
A Joint Investigation Team, formed following a directive of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, submitted the initial findings on the alleged Pakistani links to the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force station in Punjab's Pathankot district earlier this month.
"According to sources close to the development, the investigation report has been handed over to Indian authorities," The News International said.
It said Indian authorities provided Pakistan details of telephonic conversations that terrorists, believed to be Pakistanis, had had with their handlers and family members from the air base.
According to Indian authorities, the terrorists who sneaked into Punjab and attacked the IAF base on January 2 were affiliated to the notionally banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.
The report quoted unnamed sources as saying that the telephone numbers given by India were not registered in Pakistan.
A media report on Monday said Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence is helping probe the suspected Pakistani link to the terror attack on the IAF base.
The ISI, the Military Intelligence and the Intelligence Bureau are part of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed following a directive of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Express Tribune reported.
The decision to form the JIT was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Sharif "a few days ago", it said.
Pakistani news reports on Friday had said that Sharif directed the Intelligence Bureau to probe the leads provided by New Delhi on the alleged Pakistani links to the January 2 terror attack in Punjab.
The pre-dawn attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) station killed seven security personnel. Security forces killed all six attackers.
"Nawaz (Sharif) is taking an active role in getting to the bottom of the Pathankot incident," a source in the Prime Minister's House was quoted as saying.
"He (Sharif) also discussed the issue with army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and took him on board about the decision to form a JIT," it added.
India has provided Islamabad "actionable information" on the terrorists' alleged Pakistani links. New Delhi wants Sharif to crack down on those who planned the audacious terrorist attack.
After the terror attack, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that his government will act on information provided by New Delhi on the terrorists' alleged Pakistani links.
But Pakistani officials have told their media that the information given by India was not enough and may not stand scrutiny in a court of law.
The News International quoted "highly placed diplomatic sources" as saying that the foreign secretary-level talks between Pakistan and India could be deferred by New Delhi as there was no information so far about the visit of the Indian foreign secretary for the January 15 talks in Islamabad.
"It is likely that India would notify the postponement at the eleventh hour some time next week," the daily said.
No communication has taken place between Islamabad and New Delhi on the foreign secretary-level talks since the Pathankot attack, it said.
Pakistan does not want the foreign secretary-level talks to get derailed as they were expected to pave the way for a comprehensive composite dialogue covering all outstanding disputes, including Kashmir, The News International said.
"What is the evidence given to Pakistan?"
The Congress on Monday accused National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval of creating confusion over sensitive issues of national security.
"The NSA is reported to have said in an interview that 'no peace talks now till Pakistan takes action against Pathankot terrorists and India is satisfied with Pakistan's efforts'.
"Later, he denied having given an interview to the publication. This self-contradictory statement was in reference to the foreign secretary-level talks scheduled for January 15," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told media persons here.
"The NSA has further compounded and confounded the confusion that seems to have become this government's hallmark as far as dealing with extremely serious and sensitive issues of national security is concerned," he added.
He also sought to know from the government whether the foreign secretary-level talks scheduled for January 15 were happening or not.
Posing a few more questions to the government, Singhvi asked: "What are the 'actionable proofs and evidences' that they have given to Pakistan?
"Has the government of Pakistan acted on these evidences and to what extent?
"Is the government satisfied by Pakistan's actions on the actionable evidences?"
"Are these actions sufficient enough to surmount the earlier stand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that entails 'talks and terror can't go ahead simultaneously? Can the nation expect a clear statement by the external affairs minister or its spokesperson on this issue?" Singhvi asked