Pathankot air base attack: Pakistan dismisses Indian evidence

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Crucial link Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e- Mohammad
Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e- Mohammad:  Reuters

Rejecting the evidence provided by India in the Pathankot attack, Pakistan has said they don’t have enough proof to establish the role of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s hand in the case.

The report was based on the findings of the Pakistan team which had come here in order to investigate the attacks.

Pakistan National Security Advisor Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua conveyed the report to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval recently. As per reports, Janjua contacted Doval to update him on the SIT probe and to work out possible dates for talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries.

India has maintained that they have provided several pieces of evidence to Pakistan, including call records, which reveal the hand of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar in the Pathankot terror attacks. The Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two countries have been put on hold as India wants Pakistan to act against the perpetrators of the attack before going ahead with any dialogue.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had formed the six-member investigation team in the second week of January to look into India’s allegations that JeM was behind the attack.

Sharif had also recently admitted that the attacks have derailed the Indo-Pak dialogue. “Talks with India were progressing but the Pathankot attack has affected the dialogue process,” he said.

Meanwhile, India has suspended foreign secretaries level talks till it sees some action by Pakistan against those responsible for the Pathankot attack.

Last week, India said no date has been found for the dialogue, stating it is dissatisfied with Pakistan’s response so far.