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Pakistan wants India to submit more evidence to investigate Pulwama attack

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Mar 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Pakistan wants India to submit more evidence to investigate Pulwama attack

Over 40 Indian soldiers were killed in Pulwama on Feb 14

Photo: AFP

Pakistan wants India to submit more evidence to investigate the killing of 40 Indian soldiers in Pulwama. 

Indian had shared a paper on February 27. After receiving it, Pakistan constituted an investigating team, the country officials said in a briefing to the diplomatic community on Wednesday.

A number of people were detained for investigation, according to the foreign office.

Related: Pulwama attack: Pakistan shares its preliminary findings with India

The Indian paper comprised 91 pages and it was divide into six parts. Only parts 2 and 3 were on the Pulwama incident. “Other parts are generalized allegations,” the foreign office said. Pakistan focused on the parts related to Pulwama incident.

Pakistan thoroughly examined all the information provided by India, including the “confessional” video of Adil Dar, “claim” of responsibility for the attack, Whatsapp and Telegram numbers used to share videos and messages in support of Pulwama attack. India sent Pakistan a list of 90 individuals suspected to belong to banned outfits and 22 pin locations of alleged training camps.

Fifty-four people have been detained so far. Pakistan has failed to link them to Pulwama, the foreign office said. The country even examined the 22 pin locations and found no camps there.  “Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations,” the ministry said.

Pakistan needs additional information and documents from India. It “remains committed to taking this process to its logical conclusion”.

Assistance from WhatsApp has been made to the US government too.

On February 14, 40 Indian soldiers were killed after a local Kashmiri boy rammed an explosive-laden van into the convoy of Indian soldiers. The attack was reportedly claimed by outlawed Jaish-e-Muhammad.

Related: Masood Azhar is in Pakistan but is very unwell, says Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

It brought Pakistan and India on the brink of war. Tensions between the two countries escalated further after Indian planes violated Pakistani airspace and released their payload inside Pakistan’s territory on February 26.

In response, Pakistan shot down two Indian planes in Kashmir on the very next day. One plane crashed in the Kohi Rata sector of Azad Kashmir while another in Indian-Administered Kashmir’s Budgam area. A pilot of the Indian Air Force, identified as Abhinandan, was also taken into custody. However, he was handed over to Indian authorities as a gesture of peace.

The Pakistani government has detained hundreds of members of the JeM, including a brother and relatives of Masood Azhar, in the first week of March and taken administrative control of the group’s seminaries and mosques.

PM Imran Khan had promised India that Pakistan will cooperate with India if the Modi government provides credible evidence. The foreign office said that Pakistan has acted with a high sense of responsibility and extended its full cooperation in the interest of regional peace and security.

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