Pakistan’s JIT team on Pathankot terror attack probe, Congress decries move

NEW DELHI,MANAN KUMAR: As agreed in a mutually arrived decision, five member Pakistan joint investigation team (JIT) arrived in New Delhi on Sunday to launch its probe into Pathankot terror attack.

The team-led by Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) additional IG, Muhammad Tahir Rai that was whisked away from media glare in five-star Maurya Hotel will hold meeting with national investigation agency (NIA) officials on Monday before leaving for Pathankot airbase on Tuesday.

Other members of the JIT include, Lahore deputy director general (DDG) Intelligence Bureau Mohammad Azim Arshad, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-Col Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence Lt-Col Irfan Mirza and Gujjaranwala CTD investigating officer, Shahid Tanveer.

After discussion modalities threadbare with NIA, the team is expected to be taken in a helicopter to Pathankot to save time and easy access.

However, Pakistan’s Punjab province law minister, Rana Sanaullah said that “Nothing about the work of joint investigation team would be made public until it has finished its job” as whenever Pakistan embarked on the journey to progress, its enemies started to mislead people and used them to stop the development.

Sources said that Pakistan’s JIT can be given access to some eyewitnesses to help in its probe in the presence of the NIA officials.

Pakistan understood to have sought more days for JIT to undertake the Pathankot probe on which a decision is pending at India’s end.

Pakistani team arrival, however, was criticised by the Congress that alleged it was “an abject surrender of country’s national interest.”

Congress leader Manish Tewari said it was unfortunate and a let-down for India that the Government of India has decided to give access to the Pakistanis without the principle of reciprocity.

“Pakistanis never gave access to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi or to the other 26/11 accused. On what basis of reciprocity access is being given? So, this is an abject surrender of India’s national interest,” he said asking the BJP government to give an explanation for this move and under what kind of pressure the government is at this point of time.

Taking a dig at the Modi government, Tewari said, “Nothing is going to come out of the meeting. Nothing came out of the earlier meetings, nothing came out in Ufa, nothing came out of the Lahore visit which god alone knows why the Prime Minister undertook and nothing is going to come out of Washington,” he added.