In a surprising turn of events, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on 11 January has directed constitution of a high-profile joint investigation team (JIT) to probe links of Pathankot air base attackers with Pakistan, according to a media report.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar attended the meeting.
The premier was taking a pro-active role in getting to the bottom of the affairs (Pathankot attack), said a source. Sharif also discussed the said issue with army chief general Raheel Sharif and took him into confidence about the decision to form a JIT, he added.
It may be noted on January 2, a group of Pakistani terrorists, suspected to be from Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, struck at the airbase in Pathankot, killing seven security personnel
India has provided concrete and specific information to Pakistan. The evidence also included voice recordings and mobile phone numbers of the attackers’ handlers, traced to Pakistan. Indian intelligence reports have suggested groups and certain people in Pakistan had planned and executed the attack
Sharif has assured Indian and the US leaders that Pakistan will probe the matter and make the results public immediately.
According to The Express Tribune, Intelligence Bureau (IB), Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) Officials were selected for the JIT at a high-level meeting chaired by the PM.