NEW DELHI: A joint investigation team from Pakistan including representatives from Islamabad’s intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence or ISI, Military Intelligence and police arrived in India today to probe the January 2 terror attack at the air force base in Punjab’s Pathankot.
Here are the 10 latest developments in this stor The five-member team arrived in New Delhi this morning. It will be allowed to question witnesses but not security personnel, sources have said. This is the first time that Pakistani intelligence and police officials are travelling to India to investigate a terror attack. Sources say the team – formed on instructions of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – will be allowed limited access to the airbase where seven military personnel were killed while fighting terrorists who opened fire on the sprawling 2,000-acre complex that houses high-value assets including fighter jets. Six Pakistani terrorists who had crossed over into Punjab were killed in the attack. The NIA says it has established their identities and also of those who regulated their actions from Pakistani soil. The area of attack has been barricaded to prevent any view of the technical area where military assets are located and other sensitive areas, sources added. The Pakistani team will now be allowed to meet key witnesses like the senior police officer who had said he was kidnapped by the terrorists who used his car to drive up to the air force base. “The Pakistan team can question witnesses, but not personnel from the NSG (National Security Guard), Garud (Airforce commando unit) or BSF (Border Security Force),” sources said. The team coming to India includes Chief of Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), Additional Inspector General of Police Muhammad Tahir Rai; Lahore’s Deputy Director General Intelligence Bureau Mohammad Azim Arshad; Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Col Tanvir Ahmed; Military Intelligence Lt Col Irfan Mirza and Gujaranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer, reported news agency PTI citing sources. Sources said the NIA will details of the terrorists with the Pakistani team during their meeting on Monday. When they visit Pathankot on Tuesday, they will be taken to the point of breach on the border from where the terrorists are believed to have entered India. India is allowing this degree of access to Pakistani investigators for the first time hoping Pakistan will reciprocate the gesture. It is in the “spirit of goodwill and cooperation” that the access is being extended, sources said. At a later date, India may ask Pakistan to permit a team of Indian investigators to visit Pakistan, sources added. India will also ask Pakistan to share the details of the investigations so far in Pakistan. “Much of the evidence lies in Pakistan, till now we have no details, we hope Pakistan will also be sharing details of their investigations with us,” top sources told.