No Info From Pakistan on Pathankot Probe, Action Against JeM

Published: 11th February 2016 07:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2016 07:52 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Pakistan has not yet informed India whether it has taken any action taken against Jaish-e-Mohammad, believed to be responsible for the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, amid reports that business is "as usual" for its leaders who were allowed to "roam freely".

Official sources said there is no information on whether any criminal case was registered against the outfit, its chief Maulana Masood Azhar or others responsible for the January 2 terror attack on the strategic airbase. There is also no information about when would the

Pakistani SIT proposed to come to India to probe the assault. It is yet to be known whether the Pakistani SIT had collected evidence of how the conspiracy for the attack was hatched in that country, sources said.

New Delhi is still awaiting information about whether Islamabad had worked on finding out the actual owners of mobile numbers which were used by the handlers of the six terrorists who stormed the air base in Punjab. Tapped conversations between the terrorists and their Pakistani handlers were also shared with that country, they said, adding the government there should take the probe forward by registering a criminal case and taking custody of those who received the calls.

Sources said Pakistan tried to wash off its hand by saying the mobile numbers were unregistered and had been procured on fake identities. A Pakistan PMO statement, issued a few days after the Pathankot attack, had said "Considerable progress has been made in the investigations being carried out against terrorist elements reportedly linked to the Pathankot incident.

"Based on initial investigations in Pakistan, and the information provided, several individuals belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad have been apprehended. The offices of the organisation are also being traced and sealed. Further investigations are underway," the statement had said.

However, sources said, as per information gathered by Indian agencies, business is as usual for JeM, a month after the Pathankot terror attack and the outfit's leaders and other activists were roaming freely in Pakistan. In the spirit of the cooperative approach, the Pakistani PMO statement had said, it was also decided that in order to carry the process forward, additional information would be required for which the government of Pakistan is considering sending a SIT to Pathankot in consultation with government of India.

"We have not heard from Pakistan since then on its SIT," sources said.

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