Govt. hits back at Pak, calls JIT statement a ‘drama’

New Delhi, April 5 (ANI): With media reports emerging out of Pakistan Joint Investigation Team (JIT) indicating the Pathankot terror attack as a case of ‘vicious propaganda’ by India,

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday asserted that drama is being created by Islamabad.

“Pakistan is creating drama. They do it all the time. They will know best. Pakistan should decide once and for all its stand on terrorism,” Naidu said while interacting with media at the Indian Women Press Club.

“We want to have good neighbourly relations with Pakistan but they have to take a decision. I guess Pakistan is also impacted by certain external forces,” he added.

The Pakistan JIT is set to give its report to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and sections of the Pakistan media have claimed that India is indulging in ‘vicious propaganda’ against Islamabad.

Sources told Pakistan Today that the JIT has slammed India over its claims of a Pakistani hand in the attack, saying that New Delhi continues to expand its propaganda “without having any solid evidence to back the claim”.

The report also claims that the Indian Government did not cooperate with the JIT, but instead made efforts to hinder the probe.

On Friday, the JIT returned to Pakistan after their five-day visit to India during which all evidence pertaining to the January 2016 attack was shared with them, including the DNA of four terrorists, their identities as well as call records showing involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The JIT had on Thursday examined 13 witnesses, including former Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh.

Pakistani terrorists attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station in January this year, in which four attackers and two security forces personnel were killed in the gun battle, with an additional security force member dying from injuries hours later. (ANI)

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