NIA hopes for ‘reciprocity’ from Pakistan


NEW DELHI: The NIA on Wednesday hoped that Islamabad will reciprocate India’s gesture of allowing a Pakistani team to visit the IAF base in Pathankot to probe a terror attack by Pakistani terrorists.

NIA spokesman Sanjeev Kumar said it had been “agreed” that the kind of cooperation India had provided to the Pakistani Joint Investigation Team would be reciprocated.

“This is the reciprocity agreed,” Kumar told reporters after discussions for a third day with the Pakistani investigation team.

The remarks appear to indicate India’s intention to get similar access in Pakistan to pursue the investigation into the terror attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on January 2.

India says the attack was masterminded by Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

The terrorists who killed seven Indian security personnel at the base ended up getting killed after an 80-hour gun battle.

On Monday and Tuesday, the NIA submitted evidence to the five-member Pakistani team on the terrorist attack. The Pakistani officials visited Pathankot on Tuesday.

According to NIA sources, the evidence provided to the team prove India’s claim that the Pathankot attack was planned in Pakistan.

The visiting team comprise among others ISI official Lt. Colonel Tanvir Ahmed and military intelligence officer Lt. Colonel Irfan Mirza.

NIA chief Sharad Kumar said the process of handing over the evidence and related documents to the Pakistani team had started and “we have given our list of demands to them”.

Sharad Kumar added: “The witnesses will be examined tomorrow (Thursday).”

The NIA chief said the Pakistani team told him that Pakistani authorities had “detained certain people” in connection with the Pathankot case.

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