Pathankot attack: Pakistani JIT to record statements of witnesses from today

The visiting Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will from Thursday begin recording the statements of the witnesses in the Pathankot terror attack case.

Pathankot attack: Pakistani JIT to record statements of witnesses from today
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New Delhi: The visiting Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will from Thursday begin recording the statements of the witnesses in the Pathankot terror attack case.

The Pakistani team, which was taken to various spots in Pathankot on Tuesday, has sought permission for recording the statements of witnesses including Punjab police officer Salvinder Singh, his friend, cook Madan Gopal, caretaker of a shrine the officer had visited in the run up to the attack, and officers who had carried out investigations earlier and prepared the seizure memo.

 

The Paksitani team is scheduled to return on April 02.

Top officials of India's anti-terror probe agency NIA, who held wide-ranging talks with the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), meanwhile, have sought the voice samples of Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of terror group JeM said to have masterminded the assault, and his brother besides details of a trust run by the outfit.

Pakistani JIT headed by Additional Inspector General of Police, Counter Terrorism Department, Muhammad Tahir Rai, and also including ISI's Lt Col Tanvir Ahmed, was handed over a list of 300 questions by the NIA during the day-long deliberations that took place at the latter's headquarters on Wednesday.

 

On the intervening night of January 1-2, Jaish terrorists had struck at the strategic Indian Air Force base in Pathankot and in the ensuing gunbattle seven security personnel had been killed. Bodies of four terrorists were also recovered after the fierce encounter that lasted over 80 hours. The bodies of the perpetrators have been kept at a morgue in Pathankot.

(With IANS inputs)