Pathankot attack: Pakistan to send special investigation team to India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Wednesday it will send a special team to the Pathankot air base in India near the Pakistan border to investigate into last week’s deadly assault.

“Pakistan to send special investigation team to India for further investigation of terrorist attack,” a PM House statement read.

“In spirit of the cooperative approach, it was decided that in order to carry the process forward, additional information would be required, for which the government of Pakistan is considering to send a Special Investigation Team to Pathankot, in consultation with the government of India,” the statement said.

The PM House confirmed several members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) group have been arrested following initial investigation into the Pathankot air base attack, together with the information provided by India. “The offices of the organisation are also being traced and sealed and further investigations are underway,” the statement added.

The developments came during a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during which the current security situation came under discussion. Army chief General Raheel Sharif, DG ISI, Lahore corps commander, ministers of interior and finance, Punjab chief minister and other senior civil, military and police officials were present during the meeting.

The decision comes following initial investigation conducted in Pakistan. “The meeting noted with satisfaction that as part of Pakistan’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from our soil and the expressed national resolve not to allow our territory to be used for acts of terrorism anywhere, considerable progress has been made in the investigations being carried out against terrorist elements reportedly linked to the Pathankot incident,” the PM House further said regarding the meeting.

“The meeting reiterated that in line with our decision to counter and completely eliminate terrorism, Pakistan would remain engaged with India on this issue.”

India has expressed confidence Pakistan will deliver on its promise of investigating any alleged links to the Pathankot air base attack, saying Islamabad should be given more time.

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