Pathankot attack: Raids carried out in three Pak districts, suspects held

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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani security agencies arrested some suspects in raids at different places, following early January attack on Pathankot air base in India, according to intelligence officials.

Raids were carried out in districts such as Gujranwala, Jhelum and Bahawalpur. The agencies arrested an unspecified number of people, they said on 11 January.

After the arrests, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif ordered the formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe Pathankot air base attackers links with Pakistan.

According to sources, the investigation by the high-profile joint investigation team (JIT) which was formed recently by Sharif, will test the PM’s need to refocus on the job at hand — taking Pakistan-India ties forward and breaking the on-again, off-again talks between India and Pakistan.

Officials from Intelligence Bureau, Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence, were selected for the JIT at a meeting chaired by Sharif recently, according to The Express Tribune.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar attended.