Pathankot attack: JIT ‘welcomes’ NIA’s request of sending team to Pak

New Delhi : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday said the Pakistan Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has “welcomed” the idea of sending an NIA team to Pakistan to carry forward the investigation in the Pathankot terror attack case.

“We requested the Pakistan JIT that a team of NIA officials would also like to visit Pakistan and would like to carry forward the investigation in the Pathankot terror attack case; they have welcomed the idea,” Sharad Kumar, DG, NIA told the media here.

Kumar further said that the NIA briefed the Pak JIT on investigations in the terror attack carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohhamed on January 2, 2016.

“The Pakistan JIT in turn shared with NIA, the result of investigation conducted by them so far in Pakistan. On JIT’s request, the NIA provided certified postmortem reports, DNA reports, CDRs, articles seized from the scene of crime,” he added.

The Director General of NIA said the Pakistani JIT was given access to 16 witnesses, including Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh, his cook and some formal witnesses as per agreed term of references.

“The JIT informed us that they were collecting admissible evidences outside Pakistan under the provision section 188 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), Pakistan, that would legally enable them to use in prosecution,” he added.

He also said that the investigation agency sought some voice sample of senior office bearers of JeM and DNA samples of mother of slain terrorist Naseer Hussain.

“The Pakistan JIT assured us of full cooperation and promised to execute the LR which has been received by them,” he added.

Kumar also said that the NIA presented the Pakistan JIT with concrete evidences against the office bearers of JeM, who conspired the attack and the handlers of the terrorists who guided them in Pathankot.

Pakistani terrorist attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force in which four attackers and two security forces personnel were killed in the initial battle, with an additional security force member dying from injuries hours later. (ANI)