Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe deadly terrorist attack on Pathankote Air Force Base will arrive in national capital tomorrow.
The team, which was granted visas on Friday, would visit the NIA headquarters on March 28 and Pathankote on March 29. According to sources, the JIT comprises of Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) AIG Rai Tahir as convener, Intelligence Bureau Lahore Deputy Director General Azim Arshad, Lt. Col Tanvir Ahmed of the ISI, Lt, Col Irfan Mirza of MI and Gujranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer.
However, reports state that the team’s movement would be restricted only to the area of the engagement between security forces and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said earlier that Pakistan’s joint investigation team would arrive in India on March 27 and start functioning from the very next day.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier said that the modalities for conducting the Pathankote attack probe would be worked out once Pakistan’s joint investigation team arrives in the country. Pakistan JIT team is coming on March 27 to probe the Pathankote terror attack. The modalities will be worked out once they arrive,” Singh said.
On 2 January, terrorists attacked the Pathankote Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force. Four terrorists were killed and two security personnel were martyred in the gun battle.