In a formal request National Investigation Agency (NIA) seeks permission from Pakistan authorities to visit the country. NIA to carry forward probe into the January Pathankot airbase attack carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The Pathankot air base was attacked by heavily armed terrorists reportedly having allegiance to the JeM, in which four terrorists and three security forces personnel were killed. The investigating agency wants to record statements of JeM chief Masood Azhar and other accused in the case.
According to a report, NIA was prompted to take this step after Pakistan failed to send any reply to the Letters Rogatory sent to Islamabad. NIA sources revealed that the agency has sent a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and they would forward it to Pakistani authorities.
The investigating agency wants to record statements of chief accused and JeM chief Masood Azhar, his brother brother Abdul Rauf, and Shahid Latif and Kashif Jaan who are the alleged handlers of the Pathankot terrorists.
The Centre had asserted that the visit of Pakistan's Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in Pathankot terror attack probe case was on the basis of reciprocity and government is in touch with the authorities of the country on the matter.
The Pakistani team headed by Additional Inspector General of Police, Counter Terrorism Department, Muhammad Tahir Rai and including ISI's Lt Col Tanvir Ahmed had visited India in March to carry their probe into the terror attack.