Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team probing the Pathankot attack have claimed that Indian authorities “failed” to provide evidence to prove that Pakistan-based terrorists had stormed the IAF base.
The team, whose visit to India caused huge furore eliciting sharp criticism from the opposition parties, reportedly made this statement after returning back to Pakistan.
Quoting sources close to the JIT, Pakistan’s Geo News said that the team was allowed to enter the military airbase from the narrow adjacent routes instead of the main entrance and their duration of the visit was just 55 minutes, enough to take a mere walk through the military facility.
PTI news quoted Pakistani media report adding that the JIT could not collect evidence in this limited time.
The JIT members visited the Pathankot airbase on 29 March where National Investigation Agency officials briefed them and showed them the route from where the attackers stormed the airbase.
The sources were quoted as saying that the lights along the 24-km perimeter wall of the Pathankot airbase were found to be faulty on the eve of the attack.
However, the report claimed that the Pakistani team was only informed about the negligence of Border Security Force and Indian forces.
The JIT returned on Friday after their five-day visit to India during which all evidence pertaining to the attack was shared with them, including the DNA of four terrorists, their identity as well as call records showing involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) terrorists behind the attack on the Pathankot air base during the intervening night of January 1 and 2.
The gun battle which lasted for more than 80 hours left seven security personnel dead. Bodies of four terrorists have been recovered so far.