Pathankot attack: Pak JIT ends visit to the airbase amid protests

Pathankot: Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is probing the terror attack on the IAF base in Punjab, ended its day-long visit to the airbase and nearby areas amid protests by the opposition parties.

The five-member Pak JIT reached the air base on Tuesday amid vociferous protests by activists of the Congress, AAP and Shiv Sena. 

The protestors carried black flags and banners and shouted "Go Back" slogans, while accusing  the central government of playing a "double game."

The team landed at Amritsar on Tuesday morning and was driven in a bullet-proof SUV to Pathankot. It was escorted to the rear side of the IAF base in a mini bus accompanied by NIA officials.

The Pakistani officials entered through a specially created entrance in the peripheral wall of the air base and were taken to specific areas in the complex. They spent a few minutes at the base.

They were kept away from the technical area and shown only those areas where security forces had engaged the Pakistani terrorists. The team later visited various locations in the border belt of Pathankot district to retrace the movement of the terrorists. 

They were also shown the places where Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh's vehicle was hijacked by the terrorists and then abandoned near the base, the place where taxi driver Ikagar Singh was murdered and the route taken by the terrorists while reaching the IAF base.

Also, the Pakistani officers were kept away from the media and were not allowed to interact with IAF or other defence and security officials and personnel involved in the operation against the terrorists.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau