Pakistan Joint Investigating Team (JIT) on Friday has welcomed National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) decision to send a team to Pakistan for the probe into Pathankot terror strike, officials said.
The officials also mentioned that the dates are to be worked out later.
A team of Indian investigators will visit Pakistan to further probe the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab, the NIA announced.
“We told them we want to send a team to Pakistan. They have welcomed the idea,” NIA Director General Sharad Kumar said.
The meeting between Indian and Pakistani investigators has been “positive” and the Pakistani side “has not contradicted” India’s findings in the Pathankot airbase attack probe, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said.
He, however, said no date has been fixed for the visit of the Indian investigation team to the neighbouring country.
“The meeting between Indian and Pakistani investigators is positive. They (Pakistani team) have not contradicted our findings,” the Minister of State for Home told reporters here.
Rijiju was replying to a question on the visit of a Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to India in the Pathankot terror case during which they recorded the statements of the witnesses.
“It all went well and satisfactorily. Our agencies have done whatever was necessary,” he said.
The Pakistani team was also handed over some more documents which included DNA report of the four terrorists killed in the 80-hour gun battle with security forces.
Asked when an Indian team will visit Pakistan to probe the January 2 attack on the strategic airbase, Rijiju said no date has been fixed for the visit to the neighbouring country.
Rijiju earlier had defended the decision to allow a Pakistani team to visit the IAF base to probe the terror strike saying no one should do politics on national security issues.
Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and Shiv Sena had criticised the government for allowing the Pakistani team to visit the forward airbase in Punjab.