New Delhi: Hours after reports surfaced that Pakistani agencies were interrogating 54 people in connection to the Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan in a statement, said that it ‘examined’ all 22 pin locations shared by India but did not find any terror camps there.
In a Foreign Office (FO) statement, Pakistan also extended an invitation to Indian investigating agencies to come and inspect these locations.
“While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far,” it said. “Similarly, the 22 pin locations shared by India have been examined. No such camps exist. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations,” the FO said.
The statement also read that Islamabad has shared some “preliminary findings” with India along with a set of questions. “Subsequently, the diplomatic corps in Islamabad was briefed as well,” the FO said.
India handed over the dossier to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi on February 27 with specific details of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s complicity in the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14. It also contained information on the presence of Jaish terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan.
The FO said soon after receiving the dossier, Pakistan constituted an investigation team, detained a number of people for investigation and initiated work on the technical aspects of social media content, a main basis of the Indian documents.
The Indian dossier contains 91 pages and six parts, out of which only part two and three pertain to the Pulwama attack, it said. “Other parts are generalised allegations. Pakistan is focusing on those parts which relate to Pulwama incident,” it read.
The FO claimed that during the course of investigations, all aspects of the information provided by India have been thoroughly examined 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 the Pulwama attack, list of 90 individuals suspected of belonging to a proscribed organisation and 22 pin locations of alleged training camps.
Service Providers have been requested for data including relevant details of activities and contacts of the GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) number provided by India, it said. A request for assistance from Whatsapp has also been made to the US government, it said, adding that the said additional information and documents from India would be essential to continue the process of investigations.
“Pakistan remains committed to taking this process to its logical conclusion,” the FO added.
With PTI inputs