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Pathankot: Pak JIT 'not convinced' terrorists were from Pakistan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

The Pakistani Joint Investigation Team that had visited India in March to gather evidence on the Pathankot attack has said it is "not convinced that its soil was used to plan the strike", according to a senior aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The aide said: "Anybody can call the Jaish-e-Mohammad numbers from India." India contends that the terrorists who attacked the air base in January were from the Jaish-e-Mohammad because phones recovered from the terrorists bodies' showed numbers linked to JeM leaders in Pakistan, according to the Hindustan Times.

The four terrorists who attacked the airbase at Pathankot on the night of 2 January were all killed. Seven Indian security personnel died in the attack as well.

Soon after the attack, India shared evidence with Pakistan that the terrorists were JeM operatives, including the phone numbers to which calls were made before the attack.

One of the terrorists had phoned his mother and told her he was on a suicide mission. The Pakistani JIT has dismissed this phone call as evidence that the terrorist was from Pakistan. Sharif's aide said: "The conversation does not prove that he went from here." He added: "The National Investigation Agency could not tell us the exact location from where the terrorists had crossed over from Pakistan into India."

First published: 11 June 2016, 7:10 IST