Doval, Janjua discuss Pak SIT visit

New Delhi yet to decide on allowing it in airbase

Doval,    Janjua discuss Pak SIT visit

 National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistan counterpart Naseer Khan Janjua are discussing the modalities of the visit of the investigators from the neighbouring country to probe the Pathankot attack.

Pakistan’s Special Investigation Team – comprising senior intelligence and counter-terrorism officials of the country – will soon visit India. It will conduct a probe into the attack and collect evidences to be used by the prosecution against the Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives arrested in Pakistan for plotting the latest terrorist attack in India.

New Delhi on Thursday agreed to allow the Special Investigation Team of Pakistan to visit India.

 It is, however, yet to decide whether the investigators from the neighbouring country would be allowed in the scene of the terror strike, given the fact that it is a forward airbase of the IAF with several strategic assets.

Islamabad, however, is learnt to have asked New Delhi to allow its investigators to visit the scene of the attack and question the police, the army and National Security Guard officials, who led the operations against the terrorists as well as eye-witnesses, including families of the IAF personnel living in the base.

 Pakistan also sought access for its investigators to Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh, his cook Madan Gopal and friend Rajesh Verma, whom the terrorists kidnapped before attacking the airbase.

Officials told Deccan Herald that Doval and Janjua, Pakistan Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor, were in touch to finalize the date of the visit of the investigators from the neighbouring country and the extent of the access they would be given.

Doval earlier shared with Janjua details of the calls and transcripts of the conversations between the JeM terrorists, who attacked the IAF base in Pathankot, and the commanders of the terror organization based in Pakistan.

He also provided Janjua information about the manufacturers of the shoes of the terrorists, olive-green fatigues they wore and the weapons and ammunitions they carried.

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