Pathankot attack: Pak team likely to visit India next month

New Delhi: A team of Pakistani investigators is likely to visit India next month for collecting evidence relating to the alleged involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the Pathankot terror attacks.

“The investigation team’s visit is expected,” Dawn reported, adding that dates for the visit were yet to be finalized.

The development comes a day after the Counter Terrorism Department of the Punjab police registered an FIR against the ‘alleged attackers of the Pathankot airbase in India’.

The Registration of the FIR has paved way for the visit of a six-member delegation constituted by Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to probe the attack on Indian air-force base on Jan 2.

According to reports, Pak probe team will visit the site of attack and collect evidence related to the Indian claim that the attack was carried out by four terrorists who had crossed over the border into Pathankot.

Though Pak’s move has been well received by New Delhi and is being taken as a “small step in right direction”, there is disappointment regarding not naming terror outfit JeM or its chief Masood Azhar in the FIR.

However, India has decided to cooperate with the Pakistani team and facilitate it in its investigation.

The decision regarding cooperation with Pakistan was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, in which various issues relating to the visit of the Pak probe team were discussed.

News24 Bureau