Pak’s joint probe team to seek DNA, finger prints of terrorists

Islamabad: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) set up by Pakistan to probe the Pathankot attack today decided to seek from India the DNA reports and finger prints of the slain terrorists amid its keenness to expedite the probe, an official said.

The team, headed by IG Rai Tahir of Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department, held a meeting here Islamabad to discuss the progress in probe investigation into the incident.

The meeting deliberated on the information received from interrogation of several suspects held so far, the official said.

According to the official, the team decided to expedite the probe, whose progress is clearly linked to the Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two countries which was to be held today but was deferred.

The team decided to seek information from India about DNA reports and finger prints of killed attackers, he said.

The team also decided to seek other information from India like how the terrorists entered the country, about their stay and whether there was any insider link.

It is expected that the team will also visit India to probe the attack.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had earlier this week formed the JIT after India provided the leads and linked the Foreign Secretary-level talks to Islamabad’s decisive action on the terror attack on its air base.

The JIT comprises officials from Intelligence Bureau (IB), Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence.