Pakistan has set up a five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Pathankot airbase terror attack, a week after it lodged an FIR into the incident.
The probe team will visit the airbase next month to gather evidence to conduct its own investigation. This will be subject to the Indian government’s permission.
The probe team comprises of Additional Inspector General of Police of Punjab Counter Terrorism Department Muhammad Tahir Rai, (convener), Lahore Deputy Director General (DDG) Intelligence Bureau Mohammad Azim Arshad, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-Col Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence Lt-Col Irfan Mirza and Gujjaranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer.
Earlier, a six-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) was set up by the government to carry out initial probe into the case based on the leads given by India.
A police official said that the SIT will become dysfunctional once the government formally transferred its powers to the JIT.
On February 18, Pakistan lodged an FIR in connection with the Pathankot terror attack without naming JeM chief Masood Azhar who India has accused of having masterminded the strike.
The FIR by the Counter-Terrorism Department of Punjab police has been lodged on the basis of information provided by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval that four attackers probably crossed from Pakistan into India and attacked the airbase on January 2.
The attack led to the postponement of a scheduled meeting between Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India in January in Islamabad. Since then, no date has been fixed for talks.
(With inputs from PTI)