Pakistan went back on promise of letting India probe: NIA chief
Questioning of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Rauf Asghar and two key lieutenants in the Pathankot air base attack case still remains pending as Pakistan did not keep its promise of hosting of a team Indian officials to conduct a probe.india Updated: Dec 20, 2016 06:58 IST
Questioning of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Rauf Asghar and two key lieutenants — Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif — in the Pathankot air base attack case still remains pending as Pakistan did not keep its promise of hosting of a team Indian officials to conduct a probe there, NIA chief Sharad Kumar has said.
“It is unfortunate that Pakistan didn’t allow the visit of NIA officials. When the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) came to India, we were promised a reciprocal visit for gathering additional evidence in Pakistan. If allowed to visit Pakistan, we would have asked for questioning of the JeM leadership, thorough searches at its headquarter in Bahawalpur and training camps at other places. But Pakistan went back on its promise,” Kumar said, after his officials filed a charge sheet, nailing the JeM’s role in the attack that took place on January 2 this year.
Asked about the role of Pakistani state actors, Kumar said: “The JeM doesn’t work in isolation. The way it operates openly along with its front outfit al Rehmat Trust in Pakistan, it is quite not possible without the patronage of Pakistani state.”
Kumar said the NIA charge sheet will add weight to India’s case in the UN for declaring Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
“Our probe can withstand any international scrutiny. Even the Pakistani JIT didn’t question the credibility of the evidence gathered by the NIA,” said Kumar.
On the controversy over exact number of attackers, Kumar said the role of only four attackers have come up so far in the probe.
“Our investigation is still on,” he said.
On the role of Punjab’s superintendent of police Salwinder Singh, Kumar said: “Nothing adverse has come out against him so far.”
First Published: Dec 20, 2016 06:58 IST