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PM Sharif forms six-member committee to investigate Pathankot

india Updated: Jan 13, 2016 23:22 IST
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Indian Air force personnel check people before entering Pathankot Air Force Base. Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif has formed a six-member committee to probe allegations surrounding the Pathankot attack.(HT Photo)

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday formed a six-member committee to investigate allegations regarding the Pathankot attack, the latest in a series of steps by his government after India blamed the Jaish-e-Mohammed for the assault.

The committee will investigate allegations regarding involvement of individuals in the Pathankot incident, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

Additional inspector general Rai Tahir of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab province will be convener of the committee, while additional IG Salahuddin Khan of the CTD of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Intelligence Bureau director Azeem Arshad, Federal Investigation Agency director Usman Anwar, brigadier Noman Saeed of the ISI, and Lt Col Irfan Mirza of Military Intelligence will be its members.

Pakistan had earlier in the day detained Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar and some of his key aides, hours after Islamabad announced a crackdown on the banned group.

The report of Azhar’s detention came after Pakistan expressed its desire to send a special team of investigators to India to further probe into the attack on the Pathankot airbase.

Following a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the government announced it had also begun tracing and sealing the offices of the JeM. The group was banned in 2002 but continues to be active in several areas, including Punjab province and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Azhar formed the JeM after being freed from an Indian prison with two other militants in exchange for an Indian Airlines flight hijacked to Kandahar in 2000.

Pakistan was apparently spurred to act following pressure from the US and India.