Pathankot probe: Pakistan JIT didn't contradict NIA evidence, say Indian officials

New Delhi: Amid criticism of the government for allowing a Pakistani investigation team to probe the Pathankot attack, Indian investigators on Monday said the visiting officials did not "contradict" any of the evidence submitted by the NIA.

There was a detailed presentation by the National Investigation Agency to the visiting team on the evidence on Monday afternoon.

Pathankot probe: Pakistan JIT didnt contradict NIA evidence, say Indian officials

A file image of security forces on guard near the Pathankot airbase. AFP

These evidences "prove" India's claims that the Pathankot attack on 2 January was planned in Pakistan and had a link to the Jaish-e-Mohammed and its chief Masood Azhar, they said.

"The fact that they did not contradict or made any adverse comment or observation is a positive sign," the sources said.

The visiting team, which arrived in India on Sunday to conduct its own probe into the Pathankot attack, will be taken to the town in Punjab on Tuesday.

ISI official Lieutenant Colonel Tanvir Ahmed and military intelligence officer Lieutenant Colonel Irfan Mirza are part of the team, the sources said.

The team will fly on Tuesday morning to Pathankot in a special BSF plane that will land away from the Pathankot airbase, official sources said.

India has said six terrorists from Pakistan-based JeM attacked the base on 2 January. All the terrorists were killed in the gun battle.

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday flayed the government and questioned how an ISI officer was allowed to visit India and permitted inside the airbase.

The government says the visiting probe team will be given only limited access.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the shootout site has no contact with the airbase and has a separate entry also.


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Updated Date: Mar 28, 2016 22:18:30 IST

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