Talking to reporters in Chandigarh, he said it appears to be a case of accused investigating himself.

Protests as Pakistani team visits Pathankot airbase over Jan 2 terror attack
news Pathankot Probe Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 13:16

Protests interrupted in Pathankot on Tuesday as the Joint Investigation Team from Pakistan was shown around the airbase where the terror attack occurred on January 2. On Twitter, the hashtag #ModiShamesINdia trended for several hours.

The Punjab units of the Congress and the AAP staged protests and held black flags as the five-member JIT was taken to the airbase and shown locations connected with the terror attack. However, The Hindu reported that the rest of the airbase was hidden from view by screens to prevent the JIT, which includes ISI members.

ANI reported that the Pakistani officials had to be taken inside the airbase from the back by breaking a wall to make way for them, due to protests.

The investigations into the terror attack are being carried out by the National Investigation Agency, which has told the JIT that no questions on the counter-terror operations on January 2 would be entertained.

The NIA suspects that the Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed was behind the attack and has shared DNA samples and other evidence with the JIT.

On Twitter, several people criticized the decision of the central government to allow Pakistani officials to visit the site of the attack.

Objection raised by the Congress: Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said on Tuesday that it appears to be a case of accused investigating himself.

"By allowing an official Pakistani team to visit and investigate, BJP government has, for the first time, distinguished and, therefore, recognized that the Pakistani establishment does not have any role in perpetuating terror in India, more so in the context of Pathankot Terror Attack," he said.

Surjewala, who later issued a statement in New Delhi, said, "India has always recognized complete inter-mixing of State and non-State actors in export of terror to India. This clear line of 'no-distinction' between State and non-State actors in Pakistan has been breached suo motu by BJP government in favour of Pakistani Army and ISI.

Besides, he said "unfettered access" to Pakistani JIT raises serious questions on procedural propriety in relation to compromise on national security.

"Arrival of Pakistani JIT to look into Pathankot Terror Attack, unfettered access being provided and almost red carpet welcome being accorded to the Pakistani team along with visit to Pathankot Airbase without even a 'Letter Rogatory' from Pakistan raises serious questions with regard to procedural propriety and genuine apprehensions vis- -vis compromises on 'National Security'," the Congress spokesman said.

Surjewala alleged that serious questions were also being raised about Modi government's "U-turn in segregation of State and non State actors" in Pakistan indulging in "export of rampant and senseless terror" into India on an everyday basis causing irreparable loss of civilian and military lives.

(With PTI Inputs)

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