New Delhi: Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Rao Inderjeet Singh yesterday said the Pakistan Special Investigation Team (SIT) would not be allowed to visit the Pathankot airbase.
Soldiers patrol the perimeter of the airforce base in Pathankot on January 4. File Pics/PTI
"We hope that Pakistan will probe, may be because of international pressure. The whole nation is irritated with terrorism. So, it’s the responsibility of the nation to finish it, however, the SIT will not be allowed to enter the airbase," Singh told media persons.
Earlier, India had welcomed the steps taken by Pakistan to investigate the antecedents of the terror strike in Pathankot allegedly by the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and pledged to extend all help to the Paki’s SIT when it arrives in India.
"We welcome the statement issued by the Government of Pakistan yesterday on the investigation into the Pathankot terror attack. The statement conveys that considerable progress has been made in the investigations being carried out against terrorist elements linked to the Pathankot incident," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
After five days of questioning, senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh yesterday underwent a lie-detector test in connection with NIA’s probe in the audacious 80-hour-long terror strike at Pathankot IAF base.
Singh, currently posted as Assistant Commandant of 75th Punjab Armed Police after being shunted out as Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Gurdaspur, had agreed for a polygraph test after NIA informed a designated court about alleged ‘inconsistencies’ in his statements before the Punjab police and the NIA.
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