LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Friday said that Pakistan has shown its seriousness by lodging a first information report (FIR) against suspected terrorists involved in a deadly attack on Pathankot Airbase in India.
Speaking to media representatives, he said that a joint interrogation team comprised of civil, military and intelligence officials will now kick off the investigation in light of the FIR.
The JIT will unmask those elements who are creating problems for Pakistan, said the Punjab minister, adding that involvement of Indian elements cannot be ruled out in the probe also.
Earlier, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Punjab Police lodged the case in Gujranwala against ‘unknown terrorists’.
Militants launched a deadly attack on an Indian Air Force base near the Pakistan border on January 2. In the assault by gunmen disguised as soldiers, all six attackers and seven Indian soldiers were killed.
The special investigation team formed by Pakistan to investigate the Pathankot incident had formally recommended to the federal government to lodge the FIR on the basis of the information provided to the National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua by his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, background interviews and documents available with The News revealed on Thursday.
Rana Sanaullah, in today’s media interaction, vowed an impartial action against anyone involved in the terrorist attack and to reach to the core of the incident.
He said the FIR was lodged on the basis of telephone numbers provided by the Indian authorities, adding that the neighbouring country would have to provide more evidence if it wanted to include any specific individual in the probe.
The remarks were made in connection with the alleged involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, who was taken into informal “protective custody” without any legal formality, according to our sources.