Pathankot attack: Pakistan jails three suspects, sent them to six day custody

Feb 28: The Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan on Sunday sent three suspects said to be involved in the Pathankot airbase attack to six-day custody.

“Judge Bushra Zaman granted six-day physical remand of three suspects and handed them over to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), reported Dawn news.

The suspects – Khalid Mahmood, Irshadul Haque and Muhammad Shoaib – were arrested by the CTD from a rented house near Chand Da Qila bypass over suspicion that they were facilitators of the attack.

However, they have reportedly denied the charges and were shifted to an undisclosed location for investigation, said report.

Pakistan has set up a five-member Joint Investigation Team to probe the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase, a week after it lodged an FIR over the assault without naming JeM chief Masood Azhar who India has accused of having masterminded the strike.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is expected to visit India ‘shortly’ to gather evidence if the Indian government gives it permission.

According to Dawn News, the probe team comprises Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Additional Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammad Tahir Rai (convener), Lahore Deputy Director General (DDG) Intelligence Bureau Mohammad Azim Arshad, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Col Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence Lt Col Irfan Mirza and Gujjaranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer.

The attack led to the postponement of a scheduled meeting between Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India in January in Islamabad. Since then, no date has been fixed for the talks.

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