New Delhi: The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing the Pakistan Joint Investigation Team (JIT), probing Pathankot Air Force base attack , to visit India.
Kejriwal said that instead of allowing the Pakistan team to visit the attack sites, an Indian team should have visited the neighbouring country to investigate.
The Delhi CM also questioned the point of having a member from the Pakistan’s spy agency ISI in the JIT, when the agency is itself suspected to have masterminded the deadly attack.
India and Pakistan on Monday began formal discussions on investigations into the terror attack at the Pathankot IAF base, making it the first-ever visit of a Joint Investigation Team from the neighbouring country that included an ISI official.
The five-member Pakistani JIT is headed by Chief of Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Muhammad Tahir Rai and comprises Lahore’s Deputy Director General, Intelligence Bureau, Mohammad Azim Arshad, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) official Lt Col Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence official Lt Col Irfan Mirza and Gujaranwala CTD Investigating Officer, Shahid Tanveer.
The team, which arrived on Sunday, will on Tuesday visit Pathankot for the probe into the attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group on January 2, which left seven security personnel dead.
Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar clarified that Pakistan’s JIT won’t get access to the entire Pathankot airbase. “We have specially denied them (Pakistan’s JIT) permission to go anywhere in the airbase,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said.
“They (JIT officials) are only allowed access to the place where crime took place; the area is cordoned off and NIA is investigating the case,” Manohar Parrikar added.