Pathankot attack: Pakistan wants more leads from India, probe hits dead end

A Pakistani government team investigating the Pathankot airbase attack will ask the foreign ministry to seek more evidence from India.

By: PTI | Lahore | Updated: February 1, 2016 4:51 pm
Pathankot attack, Pakistan seeks proof, Pathankot terror attack, Pathankot airbase attack, Pakistan probe on Pathankot, Pakistan betrays India, terrorism in Pakistan, Jaish-e-mohammad, terror camps in pakistan, India-Pakistan relations Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists had attacked Pathankot air base earlier in January. (PTI Photo)

Pakistan’s investigation into the Pathankot terror attack has made “no headway” and it will seek more evidence from India to move forward, a source privy to the developments said today, days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised to make the probe’s findings public soon.

“No headway has been made in the investigation of (the) Pathankot attack so far. The ball is back in India’s court again as we need more evidence to move forward in the probe,” the source told PTI.

The six-member Pakistan government’s team investigating the Pathankot airbase attack has written to the foreign ministry to seek more “leads” from India.

“The team has almost completed its investigation into the five cellphone numbers (allegedly used for making calls from Pakistan to India) provided by the Indian government. No further leads were found from these numbers because they were unregistered and had fake identities,” the source said, adding that the probe is not heading further.

“The team needs more evidence. We have written to the government to speak to India and apprise it of the situation and demand more evidence to move forward in the investigation here,” he said.

India had given “specific and actionable information” to Pakistan soon after the January 2 attack.

Asked about the fate of the terror attack suspects, including banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, the source said, “let first more evidence come from India”.

Prime Minister Sharif had formed the six-member investigation team headed by Additional Inspector General of Punjab’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Rai Tahir in the second week of January to probe the Indian government’s assertion that JeM was behind the Pathankot attack. The team has so far held two meetings.

Sharif told reporters here on Saturday that “the investigation into the Pathankot incident is underway and we will make its findings public soon.”

“Whatever facts come out, we will bring them forth before everyone,” he had said.

Law-enforcement agencies have so far not produced any of the “suspects” arrested in connection with the Pathankot attack before a court.

The government has not disclosed the number of suspects detained. However, reports said 31 JeM suspects have been taken into custody.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had said last month that Azhar had been taken into “protective custody” along with some of his “accomplices”. P

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    Sirius
    Feb 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    This is a lame excuse by Pak investigators , but along expected lines . Suits India , because India can always put lack of progress on Pathankot/Mumbai ahead of Kashmir in any dialog with stan . Please keep coming and inviting for 'people to people contact' , but no Kashmir ...
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      Romik
      Feb 1, 2016 at 11:33 pm
      Mr Doval please do what ever you have to do. The world is as sick of these vermin as India is. Please help the world in exteriminating these nasty people ( JeM, LeT and gang).
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        Bijan Mohanty
        Feb 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm
        Why the SP was let off after high drama by NIA. Because, he would have blurted out the collusion of Akali and BJP to the embarment of both the state and central govt.
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          deepak samantaray
          Feb 1, 2016 at 7:53 am
          What nonsense is this. INA should stop wasting time providing proofs to stan so that they keep on denying that. What have they done after the statement of Ajmal Kasab?
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            dv1936
            Feb 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm
            If India has any self respect it should not respond.
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              Jesus
              Feb 1, 2016 at 4:59 pm
              It is foolish to expect a country that runs terror network to act against it's own network. Anyone with common sense can understand this logic. India must follow USA lead, remember how they eliminated OSAMA and where he was hidden.
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                JM
                Feb 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm
                Ha ha... modi knew all these. The investigation was a drama between modi and sherif.
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                  Boomba
                  Feb 1, 2016 at 8:08 am
                  I guess P@kistan will be convinced only when it breaks up in to several pieces or cease to exist as an eny.
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