Amid protests from Aam Aadmi Party and Congress , Pakistan Joint Investigation Team finally reached Pathankot Indian Air Force base on Tuesday morning.
Accusing the central government of surrendering to Pakistan by allowing the JIT to come to India, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are holding a protest near AFS.
The JIT members, who arrived in New Delhi on Sunday and had day-long meetings with National Investigation Agency (NIA) officers, left for Amritsar on Tuesday morning en route to Pathankot.
Tight security arrangements have been made in and around the frontier IAF base in view of the visit and likely protests.
Authorities at Pathankot airbase said that the visiting Pakistan probe team will be taken only to specific and limited areas within the sprawling Air Force Station (AFS) complex.
“We have, physically and visually, barricaded the airbase. Tent walls have been erected around the crime scene (shootout site) and nothing else will be visible to the JIT members. Their entry will also be through a special gate through the rear portion of the airbase,” an IAF officer told IANS.
Informed defence sources here said the team members could also be shown the bodies of the killed terrorists kept in a government mortuary.
The JIT will not get to interact with IAF or other defence and security officials and personnel involved in the 80-hour counter-operation by security forces against the terrorists who attacked the airbase in the early hours of January 2.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday in Panaji (Goa) that the Pakistani team would not have access to the operational area of the airbase, but only the isolated “crime scene”, which has been completely barricaded and fenced.
All the terrorists and seven security personnel were killed at the base.
The January attack on the IAF base was the second one by suspected Pakistani terrorists. A group of three Pakistani terrorists had attacked Dinanagar town in adjoining Gurdaspur district on July 27 last year, leaving seven people dead.