Pathankot probe: BJP functionaries confused about India, Pak peace moves

New Delhi, Mar. 29 (ANI): The senior functionaries in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared to be confused about India, Pakistan peace moves with regard to the Pathankot probe, while the Pakistan Joint Investigation reached the Pathankot air base on Tuesday to probe the terror attack, said sources.

“Yesterday’s Afghan attack shows Pakistan militants don’t want good relation with India. The attack shows nothing is well and it’s only a show off between India and Pakistan. Everyone knows that the Pakistan militant is sponsored by the Pakistan army. Afghan is an old friend of India from many decades. this is indigestible for Pakistan and its army,” a top BJP functionary told ANI.

The source further stated that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants relation with India but Pakistan army never wants that.

If they cross the Pakistan army, once again the army will revolt and they will create a condition like Musharraf. The earlier policy of India was good. Terror and talk isn’t possible together,” it added.

Meanwhile, taking a pot-shot at the Opposition, the government said that there should be no politics in this matter.

“There should be no politics on this. The Centre always takes step on national security based on certain evidences and proofs. There are certain issues in which arguments and comments are not required. We are not in favour of politics in this issue,” Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh told ANI.

The Pakistan JIT is currently at the Pathankot air base to probe the terror attack.

This is the first time that Pakistani intelligence and police officials are in India to investigate a terror attack case.

New Delhi has been pressing Islamabad for action on the attack by terrorists on the key Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, in January this year.

The team is visiting the areas that have been sanitised by the Indian Air Force post the attack on the Base.

However, the team will reportedly not be allowed to interact with any defence and security personnel who were involved in the 80-hour counter-operation against the terrorists who attacked the airbase in the early hours of January 2.

Meanwhile, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged massive protests outside the Air Base demanding the JIT go back.

Chanting slogans against the Centre and holding placards saying “Pak JIT go back” the protestors also waved black flags and reached the gates of the Air Base, where defence personnel were seen trying to restrain them and stop them from entering the restricted area.

The five-member Pakistani JIT is headed by Chief of Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Muhammad Tahir Rai and comprises Lahore’s Deputy Director General, Intelligence Bureau, Mohammad Azim Arshad, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) official Lieutenant-Colonel Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence official Lieutenant-Colonel Irfan Mirza and Gujaranwala CTD Investigating Officer, Shahid Tanveer.

Following inputs from the Ministry of Home Affairs about a possible threat to the JIT by the Islamic fundamentalist organizations based in Pakistan and their proxies in India, the Punjab Police made arrangements to provide 25 bulletproof cars to ferry them and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials in Pathankot and areas close to the border.

As many as seven security personnel were martyred in the attack. All terrorists involved in the attack were also killed in the gun-battle. (ANI)

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