Pathankot attack: Pakistan finds no evidence of JeM chief Masood Azhar’s involvement

ISLAMABAD(PTI): A team, constituted by Pakistan to investigate into the attack on Indian airbase in Pathankot last month, has concluded that there is no substantive evidence to suggest that Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of the outlawed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant group, masterminded the deadly assault.

According to The Express Tribune, six gunmen attacked the airbase in Pathankot on January 2, leading to a three-day-long standoff that killed seven soldiers.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) after India shared the ‘leads’ with Pakistan. Subsequently, a crackdown was launched in Punjab against the JeM, its headquarters was sealed and dozens of activists detained.

The SIT has since been working on the Indian ‘leads’. It is also expected to visit India to study the evidence the Indians have.
Officials privy to the SIT investigations said that Pakistani authorities have conveyed to New Delhi that there was no substantial evidence that could prove the involvement of Maulana Azhar in the Pathankot assault.
Few days ago, JuD chief and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed had praised a deadly Indian air base attack that threatened to scupper peace efforts between India and Pakistan.

Hafiz Saeed, leader of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) group, encouraged further violence following the air base assault in Pathankot that left seven Indian soldiers dead.