JIT Al­le­ga­tion Leaves In­dia Fum­ing; Congress & AAP Rap Modi Sarkar

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: A news re­port from Pak­istan that its joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team, which vis­ited In­dia re­cently, had con­cluded that the Pathankot ter ror at­tack was ‘stage-man­aged’ has evoked a sharp re­ac­tion from New Delhi, which said that the in­volve­ment of Pak­ista­nis in the at­tack was self­evi­dent. The re­port also prompted the Op­po­si­tion Congress to say Pak­istan’s ‘dou­ble face’ and the ‘flip side’ of Modi’s for­eign pol­icy were ex­posed.

‘Pak­istan Today’ quoted a mem­ber of JIT as say­ing that In­dia used the at­tack as a tool to ex­pand its “vi­cious pro­pa­ganda” against Pak­istan “with­out hav­ing any solid ev­i­dence to back the claim”. The news re­port quoted a source privy to the de­tails of the JIT re­port that it con­cluded In­dia had prior in­for­ma­tion about the at­tack­ers. The re­port added that JIT would sub­mit its re­port to prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif “in the next few days.”

Un­of­fi­cially re­act­ing to the re­port, an of­fi­cial of the ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry said: “The re­port in Pak­istan Today is a to­tal con­coc­tion. Since the JIT col­lected ev­i­dence in ac­cor­dance with a Pak­istani law which ap­plies to Pak­istani cit­i­zens com­mit­ting an of­fence abroad, the in­volve­ment of Pak­ista­nis in the Pathankot at­tack is self-ev­i­dent.”

The main Op­po­si­tion, which has been se­verely crit­i­cised by the rul­ingBJP­forit­sPak­istan­pol­i­cy­when it was in power, was quick to re­act. It said that the JIT claim that the Pathankot ter­ror at­tack was ‘staged by In­dia’ not only ex­posed the “dou­ble-faced pol­icy of Pak­istan on ter­ror­ism but also ad­ver­tised the flip side of the Modi gov­ern­ment’s Pak­istan pol­icy.” The party de­manded an apol­ogy from BJP chief Amit Shah for, “hav­ing dis­trib­uted c e r t i f i c at e s of s i ncerit y to Pak­istan”. Ad­dress­ing a news con­fer­ence in Kolkata on March 29, Amit Shah had said “this is the first time a team of in­ves­ti­ga­tors from Pak­istan has come here for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Let them in­ves­ti­gate. As for the re­sults, we will see later.” Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal too was crit­i­cal of the gov­ern­ment: “Af­ter that in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it has come to our knowl­edge that ISI had said that In­dia has failed to give any ev­i­dence about in­volve­ment of Pak­istan and ISI. They have even de­nied in­volve­ment non-state ac­tors, not just state ac­tors. Se­condly they have said In­dia did drama for two-three days. I think no PM has bended his knees in front of Pak­istan as Naren­dra Modi has.”

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