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