New Delhi, Apr 5 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday dubbed reports circulating in the Pakistan media about India not cooperating with the JIT probing the Pathankot terror attack as a charge without substance and said the onus is now on Islamabad given the fact that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has clearly stated that the guilty should be punished.
BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI there are three pillars of the India-Pakistan policy, which have been clarified and has been the hallmark of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government from the beginning.
“We want to resolve all issues peacefully. This will be done bilaterally with no third party, third country involvement and terror and talks can’t go together….With regard to the Pathankot incident, the Pakistan Prime Minister clearly said that we want to see that the guilty are punished. So, the onus is on Pakistan as they sent their team. Now, this report hasn’t come out officially, these are media reports,” said Kohli.
“What its Prime Minister is assuring then the onus is on Pakistan more that they have a duplicitous policy of good terrorists, bad terrorists…How has India’s stand become weaker? This is a charge without substance,” he added.
Meanwhile, the National investigation Agency (NIA) also rubbished Pakistan media claims.
The NIA, according to sources, stated that India had given enough evidence in the form of intercepts, phone record, DNAs of terrorists, besides other things.
The top investigating agency said they have even provided additional information to Pakistan JIT as demanded.
Sources told ANI that the NIA even offered Pakistan’s JIT to show bodies of the dead terrorists but they refused to see them.
Rejecting reports circulating in the Pakistan media, the NIA has stated there is an element within Pakistan which wants to create confusion, adding the Indian investigating agency will not fall into such a trap.
With Pakistan’s JIT, probing the Pathankot attack, set to table the report to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a section of the Pakistan media has claimed that the report accuses India of using the attack as part of its ‘vicious propaganda’ against Islamabad.
Sources told Pakistan Today that the JIT has slammed India over its claims of 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 and instead made efforts to hinder the probe by the Pakistani team.
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. (ANI)