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Pathankot attack: Pakistan police lodge FIR against unknown persons

But doesn’t name Jaish, Masood Azhar; team of military and civil intel agencies to investigate case

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 20, 2016 3:25 am
Pathankot attack: On January 2, six terrorists launched a deadly attack on the Pathankot Air Force Base that killed seven soldiers

WITH PAKISTAN finally lodging an FIR against unknown persons who attacked the Pathankot Air Force station, Indian government sources described the move as “a small step in the right direction”, but expressed “disappointment that Jaish-e-Mohammed or its chief Maulana Masood Azhar have not been named in the FIR”.

India has identified terror outfit JeM as perpetrators of the Pathankot attack and Masood Azhar as one of the main conspirators. New Delhi has also handed over evidence such as intercepts of conversations between the attackers and their Pakistan-based handlers to Islamabad.

The FIR registered at the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) centre in Gujranwala, Punjab province on Thursday was lodged under sections 302, 324 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, and sections 7 and 21-i of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

A day before the FIR was filed, a letter from Aizaz-ud-Din, deputy secretary (security) in Pakistan’s Interior Ministry, was addressed to the secretary, home department of the government of the Punjab, Lahore, on “Registration of FIR regarding incident of Pathankot Airbase, India”.

According to the letter, “It has been informed by the National Security Advisor India that on 2nd January 2016, four persons entered the premises of Pathankot airbase India and resorted to heavy firing resulting in death of 7 personnel. The attackers were also killed in the ensuing gunbattle. It has been further reported by Indian NSA that these attackers had come from Pakistan after planning the attack and had probably crossed the border from adjacent to Pathankot general area.”

It added, “While inside India, they had been making phone calls to Pakistan on following numbers: 0092-301-7775253, 0092-321-3132788, 0092-345-3030479, 0092-302-4880519 and 0092-300-0957212 and that the attackers belonged to a proscribed organisation. It is therefore requested that a First Information Report be registered regarding the above mentioned incident and investigation be conducted so as to identify the culprits involved in the offence and bring them to trial with law.”

On Friday, Pakistani officials said a new joint team of military and civil intelligence agencies would look into the freshly lodged case, and that any non-state actor found to be involved would be brought to justice. “The registration of this case shows that there is full commitment and earnestness,” Punjab’s Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters.

“If you want to make your image before the world better, and to dispel the propaganda of other countries that our commitment is questionable, then we have to do things like this,” he said.

According to Sanaullah, if anyone, including Azhar, is found guilty of involvement in the attack, they would be prosecuted. “No one becomes guilty upon naming (in a case). I don’t want to name anyone at this stage. Let the probe be completed and if Masood Azhar is involved, action will be taken,” he said. He urged India to provide any evidence it has on Azhar or any other person’s role in the attack.

Meanwhile, sources said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has approached the Home Ministry seeking sanction for Letters Rogatory (LR) to be sent to Pakistan seeking evidence in the case. The LR is likely to be issued next week, they said.

Sources said the NIA had matched DNA samples recovered from the Innova driven by taxi driver Ikagar Singh to that of one of the four terrorists whose bodies were recovered after the attack. “This is evidence that will help prove that the terrorists had waylaid Ikagar and murdered him by slitting his throat,” said a source.

[With PTI inputs]

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  1. T
    Feb 19, 2016 at 7:55 am
    What about on our side ? Who was sleeping ? One IPS officer was subject to Lie detection test, result unknown ?
    1. A
      Feb 19, 2016 at 7:03 am
      ROFL!!! FIR launched in Pak against unknown persons!! Now they are def. going to be arrested!!! Thanks Modi ji!!!
      1. R
        Feb 20, 2016 at 2:54 am
        After reading this news item in TIE, Pappu, Mani Aiyer, Khurshid and Sibal will advise Govt. to re-write the FIR and name Mohan Bhagwat, BJP President as perpetrators.
        1. R
          Feb 19, 2016 at 9:00 am
          Why should anyone WONDER at all !!! Now think.....A WHO-RE in a Bro-THEL gets FOKKED every day...from morning till mid night. Say 22-24 times a day. Obviously she gets pregnant. BUT SHE DOES NOT KNOW WHO IS THE FATHER OUT OF THE 22-24 GUYS !!! Now stan which as a Ntion is a Headless Chicken.........The Religion...ISLAM...is IMPORTED from Saudi,The Land belongs to India, the people living there were Indians of pre-1947, the SEVERAL Languages they speak were Indian. Presently the River waters are donated by India (STOP them flowing)..... the Money in their Exchequer comes from USA and Gulf Sheikhs (Bheekh)... stan is the BEST COUNTRY IN POTION CONTROL...you see they prevent the potion from increasing by killing each other. Sunni FOKKS Shias, together they FOKK Hindus, Every FEW YEARS the PM runs away from the country to Zannat called S.Arabia...They have GUEST visitors from India...Salman Khurdhis, Mani Aiyer, Nitish Kumar, Kulkanri, who want India to becme another stan..But these 4 KNOW that Hindus will FOKK Congress and other Traitors.
          1. kris kumar
            Feb 19, 2016 at 3:39 pm
            Another drama to fool not only to the stani people but to the world at large. Dear PM do not fall into the trap of this dangerous and untrustworthy Nawaz Shariff.
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