New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency has approached Pakistan to provide details of four fidayeen attackers involved in last year’s attack on an Army camp in Uri, after which the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes across the line of control (LoC) and destroyed several launch pads.
The September 18 attack at Uri became one of the main reasons for strained Indo-Pak relations in the last one year. According to the sources in the anti-terror probe agency, a judicial request (letter rogatory) has been sent to Pakistan via diplomatic channels in which details of DNA samples, medicines, clothes, shoes, accessories and DNA of one of the four terrorists who was identified as Abu Anas by the agencies.
NIA wants to know from Pakistan the identities of other three terrorists, their outfit and who sent them apart from other details. The agency probe points to the role of Lashkar-e-Taiba in the terror strike. Earlier, the Army had claimed that Jaish-e-Mohammad was behind the plot but later evidence suggested that the four fidayeens belonged to LeT.
Government officials are not so sure about Pakistan responding to NIA’s request as even one and a half years after the Pathankot IAF base attack, it has failed to answer similar queries which had been sent to it then. “If Pakistan gives India evidence on Uri, Pathankot and other attacks, it will be against its policy of sponsoring terrorism and supporting stone pelters in Jammu & Kashmir to destabilise India. NIA’s request is a formality which we know Pakistan will never respond to,” said a senior MHA official.