Pathankot terror attack: Pakistan’s probe team may visit India next month

A team of Pakistani investigators is likely to visit India next month for collecting evidence on the involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists in the Pathankot terror attack, a media report said on Thursday. “The team’s visit is expected,” a senior diplomat told Dawn News, adding that the dates for the trip were yet to be finalised.

The registration of FIR by the Counter-Terrorism Department of Punjab police has paved the way for the visit of the six-member investigation team constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif weeks after the attack on the Air Force base in Pathankot on January 2, the report said. The investigation team will visit the site of the attack and collect evidence on India’s assertion that the terror strike was planned in Pakistan and executed by a group of four persons who had crossed the border into Pathankot, it said.

The report said the visit is likely to take place next month. The investigators will also meet officials of India’s National Investigating Agency probing the attack, it said. It also said the FIR will provide a legal basis for taking the investigation forward.

A diplomatic source was quoted as saying that India was ready to receive the Pakistani team and facilitate it in investigations.