Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of Pakistan probing the Pathankot attack will not be allowed to go anywhere near the airbase. The probe team reached New Delhi on Sunday to investigate the January 2 terror attack at the Pathankot air base in which seven security personnel were killed.
“We have specially denied them (Pakistan’s JIT) permission to go anywhere in the air base. NIA is investigating. They (JIT) are only allowed access to the place where crime took place. The area is cordoned off,” said Parrikar.
He further added that MOD has issued directions that crime scene should be barricaded and to ensure that external entry to the NIA be given. “MOD doesn’t want to be in the receiving end for non-cooperation with the investigators or as the cause for the failure of the probe” he said.
Led by Punjab counter-terrorism department’s Additional Inspector-General Muhammad Tahir Rai, the members of the JIT include Deputy Director-General, Lahore, of Pakistan’s Intelligence Bureau Mohammed Azim Arshad and military intelligence officer Lieutenant-Colonel Irfan Mirza. Lieutenant-Colonel Tanvir Ahmad, who is serving with the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), will become the first officer in the Pakistani covert service to visit an Indian military facility with official permission.
The sources said that cooperation with the Pakistani team would be based on the principle of reciprocity hoping that an Indian team would be allowed to travel to Pakistan at a later date.