That the Pathankot terror attack was stage-managed,as judged by the Pakistan joint investigation team (JIT), brought a sharp reaction from India, which said that Pakistan’s involvement in the attack was obvious.
A Pakistan JIT member was quoted in a news report published by the ‘Pakistan Today’.
Paying back in the same coin, the Congress said the JIT’s claim that the Pathankot attack was stage managed, brought to fore Pakistan’s double edged policy on terrorism and the rear side of Modi’s Pakistan policy. The ruling BJP had flayed the Congress for its Pakistan policy when the UPA was in power.
A JIT member said India had utilised the attack to spread misinformation propaganda against Pakistan sans proof to back up its claim. The report stated that New Delhi knew much earlier about the Pathankot attack. The Pakistan JIT would submit its report to PM Nawaz Sharif soon, stated the report.
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, a Union foreign ministry official said, it’s nothing but a mixture of untruths. Involvement of Pakistanis in the attack was obvious. The JIT gathered proofs in line with a Pakistani law that applies on every Pakistani who commits crime abroad.
An irate Congress said that BJP president Amit Shah must apologise for distributing “certificates of sincerity” to Pakistan. On 29 March, Shah had said in Kolkata that “this was the first time sleuths from Pakistan are here for investigation. Let them probe.” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that it was high time that the Prime Minister rise over theatrics and take diplomacy seriously,
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too was critical. “After joint probe, the ISI had allegedly stated India failed to give proof about Pakistan and its involvement. Forget state actors, they have refused to accept direct involvement of non-state actors too. It is a shame that Modi has bended his knees in front of Pakistan. The decision to invite a Pakistani JIT to probe the Pathankot attack was a stab in the back of ‘Bharat Mata’,” he added.