New Delhi : The decision to bury the bodies of four JeM terrorists, slain during the Pathankot IAF base assault, was taken after Islamabad dismissed NIA’s claims about their identity as “unverifiable”.
Official sources said Pakistan had been provided with “all relevant information”, including their addresses and parentage, but the authorities there said the information shared by India “could not be verified and it could be treated as unverifiable”.
Following this, the NIA, after consultations with the government, decided to bury the bodies at an undisclosed location in the garrison city.
The bodies had been kept in the mortuary of the Pathankot Civil Hospital since January three. The four were killed after an 80-hour gunbattle which began on the intervening night of January 1 and 2, reports PTI. NIA had shared swabs of the four terrorists with the Joint Investigating Team (JIT) from Pakistan that had visited India in March-April this year. The anti-terror probe agency, which has preserved their DNA samples, had asked Pakistan to collect and send such samples of the people residing in places linked to the slain terrorists whose addresses had been shared with JIT. The NIA had told the JIT about the identities of the terrorists and later sent supplementary information about their parentage and residential addresses. One of the terrorists was identified as Nasir Hussain who stayed at Vehari, a town 100 km from Multan in Punjab province of Pakistan.
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