Pak­istan fi­nally reg­is­ters FIR in Pathankot at­tack

NO DE­TAILS FIR has no men­tion of ter­ror group Jaish, is silent on Pak probe

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Im­tiaz Ah­mad and Shishir Gupta let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Pak­istan has reg­is­tered an FIR against un­named per­pe­tra­tors of a ter­ror­ist at­tack on the Pathankot air­base, paving the way for a visit to In­dia next month by a team to take for­ward an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the as­sault. The FIR, filed against uniden­ti­fied per­sons at the counter-ter­ror­ism depart­ment po­lice sta­tion at Gu­jran­wala in Pun­jab on Thurs­day, makes no men­tion of the Jaish- eMo­hammed, blamed by In­dia for the Jan­uary 2 at­tack that killed seven se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

It men­tions ac­tion is be­ing taken on the ba­sis of in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the In­dian na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser but is silent on what the Pak­istani probe has un­cov­ered so far.

“The reg­is­tra­tion of an FIR by Pak­istan in con­nec­tion with the Pathankot probe pro­vides a le­gal frame­work un­der which a team from there can visit In­dia,” said a se­nior In­dian of­fi­cial who did not want to be named.

How­ever, of­fi­cials on both sides said it was too early to say the FIR would help re­sume the stalled di­a­logue or set up a meet­ing be­tween the In­dian and Pak­istani prime min­is­ters on the mar­gins of a nu­clear se­cu­rity sum­mit in Wash­ing­ton next month.

The reg­is­tra­tion of the FIR co­in­cided with two key meet­ings in New Delhi – Pak­istani en­voy Ab­dul Ba­sit called on for­eign sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar while Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Ajit Do­val held a meet­ing with top of­fi­cials of se­cu­rity agen­cies and the for­eign min­istry, at which a de­ci­sion was made to al­low a visit by the Pak­istani joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team.

New Delhi was in­formed about the FIR through diplo­matic chan­nels and a copy of the doc­u­ment was shared sub­se­quently, top govern­ment sources told HT.

The meet­ing chaired by Do­val, which was at­tended by the for­eign and home sec­re­taries and chiefs of the In­tel­li­gence Bureau, Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing and Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency, dis­cussed all is­sues per­tain­ing to Pak­istan.

Fol­low­ing the reg­is­tra­tion of the FIR, Rana Sanaullah, law min­is­ter of Pak­istan’s Pun­jab prov­ince, said a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team ( JIT) will probe the at­tack and bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice.

RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P11

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