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Pak probe team visits Pathankot

By The Assam Tribune

PATHANKOT, March 29 - A five-member Pakistani probe team, including an ISI official, today visited the strategic IAF base here that was for most part visually barricaded as scores of Congress and AAP workers held protests outside carrying black flags and shouting slogans against their probe into the January 2 terror attack.

Top NIA officials briefed the team about the terror attack in which seven security personnel were killed. At least four terrorists believed to be from Pak-based Jaish-e-Mohammed were killed by the security forces.

The team that arrived in Amritsar in the morning from Delhi in a special plane was taken to Pathankot by road to avoid giving it an aerial view of the strategic base. The 118- km journey was covered by the team which was ferried in six bullet-proof vehicles.

It is for the first time that that a Pakistani team has visited India to �probe� a terror case and has been given access to a strategic installation amidst strong criticism from opposition parties.

Most of the base was completely covered with white curtains to prevent a view of the valuable defence assets.

Congress and AAP have accused the government of giving unfettered access to a probe team from Pakistan that also dilutes India�s stand that terrorism is sponsored from across the border.

The Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) entered the base through a specially-created entrance at the perimeter wall, which was breached by the terrorists on the fateful night.

In the air force base, the NIA officers showed them the �scene of crime� which was witness to an 80-hour-long gun battle from the intervening night of January one and two in which at least four terrorists were also gunned down.

The team was also taken to other places relevant to the case, including the Unjh river, from where the Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) terrorists had crossed over into the town.

Away from media glare, NIA team led by Inspector General of Police Sanjiv Singh briefed them about the investigations carried out so far in the case.

India has accused that Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists had carried out the attack at the IAF base in which seven security personnel were killed. � PTI

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