Wrong to allow Pak team to probe Pathankot attack: Raut

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 29, 2016 15:39 IST
Members of the Pakistan's Joint Investigation Team formed to probe into the Pathankot airbase attack, in a meeting with officials at the National Investigation Agency headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

Terming the decision to allow a Pakistani team to investigate the terror attack at Pathankot ‘wrong,’ Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Tuesday that an Indian team should be sent to Pakistan to probe those behind the terror strikes.

Raut also reminded the Centre that Pakistan, not India, is the accused in the Pathankot terror strike.

A five-member Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT), accompanied by Indian officials, visited the “sanitised” areas at Pathankot airforce base on Tuesday in connection with probe into the January 2 terror attack targeting the strategic installation.

The team, which came on a bus, was taken to the back portion of the air base, as workers of the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party held protests against its visit.

“We have provided high security to the Pakistani team. Who are they scared of? The entire matter is laughable,” Raut told PTI.

He sought to know if the Centre would manage to get permission from Pakistan to get an Indian team to investigate

the neighbouring country.

“Our team needs to be sent there to investigate the role of Hafiz Saeed and Azhar Masood in terror strikes in our country. But will we get permission? We need to remember we are not culprits but Pakistan is,” he said.

Raut said India took a “wrong decision” by letting the Joint Investigating Team (JIT) come to Pathankot.

“Pakistan is responsible for the 26/11 terror attacks and the Pathankot terror strike at the IAF base. Keeping

this in mind, an Indian investigation team should have actually gone to Pakistan to investigate the elements behind

the attack,” he said.

“Hafiz Saeed has publicly acknowledged that he was behind the attacks. But, our country has laid down a red carpet for them. India has been on the back foot as far as Pakistan is concerned,” he rued.

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