FIR reg­is­tered in Gu­jran­wala against at­tack­ers, abet­tors

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Counter-Ter­ror­ism Depart­ment (CTD) of the Pun­jab po­lice on Fri­day reg­is­tered a First-In­for­ma­tion Re­port (FIR) against the al­leged at­tack­ers of the Pathankot air­base in In­di­aFIR num­ber 06/2016 was reg­is­tered in the CTD po­lice sta­tion Gu­jran­wala un­der sec­tions 302, 324 and 109 of the Pak­istan Pe­nal Code, and sec­tions 7 and 21-I of the An­tiTer­ror­ism Act, the CTD spokesman said.

A for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched fol­low­ing the reg­is­tra­tion of the FIR, he said, adding that a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team will probe the at­tack and those in­volved will be brought to trial in ac­cor­dance with law. Pun­jab Law Min­is­ter Rana Sanaullah said the FIR has been reg­is­tered on the ba­sis of ini­tial ev­i­dence pro­vided by In­dia and that fur­ther ac­tion will be taken once more ev­i­dence is un­cov­ered.

He said the FIR should dis­pel mis­giv­ings other coun­tries have re­gard­ing Pak­istan's com­mit­ment to­wards erad­i­cat­ing ter­ror­ism. "We will not al­low non­state ac­tors to use Pak­istani soil to plot ter­ror at­tacks on other coun­tries."

FIR ob­tained by me­dia says In­dian Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser (NSA) Ajit Do­val in­formed au­thor­i­ties that the four at­tack­ers had come from Pak­istan and had "prob­a­bly crossed the bor­der ad­ja­cent to the Pathankot gen­eral area". The NSA is cited as say­ing that while in In­dia, they made phone calls to cell phones and be­longed to a pro­scribed or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The in­ci­dent comes just a day af­ter In­dian De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar ac­cused Pak­istan of not be­ing se­ri­ous about the Pathankot probe. Fol­low­ing In­dian ac­cu­sa­tions ear­lier this year that mil­i­tant group Jaish-i-Mo­ham­mad was re­spon­si­ble for the at­tacks, Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties cracked down on the group, seal­ing a Jaish-run sem­i­nary in Sialkot and tak­ing group leader Ma­sood Azhar into pro­tec­tive cus­tody.

The Pathankot air base at­tack oc­curred just days af­ter In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi paid a 'sur­prise' visit to Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif on his birth­day and the oc­ca­sion of his grand­daugh­ter's wed­ding ? a move that ap­peared to prom­ise bet­ter re­la­tions be­tween the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries in the com­ing year.

Af­ter Modi's visit, the Pak­istani and In­dian for­eign sec­re­taries were sched­uled to meet to dis­cuss modal­i­ties re­gard­ing the Com­pre­hen­sive Bi­lat­eral Di­a­logue agreed upon dur­ing In­dian For­eign Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj's visit to Is­lam­abad for the Heart of Asia con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber. The di­a­logue was to take on mat­ters re­lated to peace and se­cu­rity, Jammu and Kash­mir, Si­achen, Sir Creek, Wullar Bar­rage, Tul­bul Nav­i­ga­tion Pro­ject, eco­nomic and com­mer­cial co­op­er­a­tion, counter-ter­ror­ism, nar­cotics con­trol and hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues, peo­ple to peo­ple ex­changes and religious tourism.

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