The Narendra Modi-led central government has drawn the Congress party’s ire after reports that India had allegedly failed to prove Pakistan-based militants carried out the Pathankot airbase attack in January.
Senior Congress leader and former Leader of Opposition in Punjab assembly, Sunil Jakhar, said on Sunday the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had let down the country’s own investigative agencies.
He slammed the government for allowing the Pakistani investigative team comprising, besides others, an official of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, to visit the strategic facility to probe the attack. He said by doing that India had “downsized” the capabilities of its own agencies.
After returning home, the Pakistani joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Pathankot attack had claimed the Indian authorities allowed them only to take a “mere walk” inside the sprawling airbase in Pathankot, Geo News reported.
Jakhar said he had raised doubts about the Pakistani team even before its visit, adding it had been predicted that Pakistan “will not accept their sin or any kind of direct or indirect involvement in the terror attack”.
Jakhar also criticised the central government for allowing the Pakistani team to question Punjab superintendent of police (SP) Salwinder Singh, whose role in the attack was being probed by the national investigative agency.
Harsimrat condemns Pak JIT statement
Bathinda: Meanwhile, Union minister for food processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal condemned the statements of Pakistan’s joint investigation team .
“It is unfortunate and wrong on the part of joint investigation team to give such statements after probing the issue in India”, said Harsimrat, on the sidelines of sangat darshan programme in Bathinda villages on Sunday.