New Delhi : Asserting that the visit of the Pakistan Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to Pathankot is an unprecedented initiative in regard to India-Pakistan relationship, defence experts on Tuesday said it would be now crucial to see how the Pak probe team use this opportunity to advance the case in Pakistan.
“The Indian government and the defence ministry has clarified that there would be no access to any of the service personnel who are involved in the Pathankot incident, as also, no access to any part of the base that would redeem to be sensitive in terms of its own locations. I think we have to see how the JIT is going to use this opportunity to advance the case in Pakistan,” Security Expert Uday Bhaskar told ANI.
“Why Pathankot is a very anomalous experience is that, till now in India, many of the terrorist attacks, whether it was Mumbai in November 2008 or Pathankot in 2016, there has been strongly held view that the Pakistani establishment is supporting these groups or these individual perpetrators,” he added. Bhaskar stated that as far as the govt is concerned, there seems to be an attempt to try and provide as much as of procedural access is possible, so that Pak in turn can prosecute the case.
Resonating similar sentiments, defence expert S.R. Sinho said the NIA has provided all the necessary evidences to the Pakistan JIT, but there has been no comment on this from the intelligence team of Pakistan, which does not clear their stand. “They have not commented anything on Maulana Masood Azhar till date. I think Pakistan might say that evidences are not sufficient and they require more proves on this. The Pakistan ISI has always carried out terrorist activities against India and it is their team which has come for investigation. The team also constitutes two lieutenant colonel. They have been sent so that they can find some loopholes and blame India,” he added.