Mumbai: Launching a frontal attack on the Centre for allowing the Pakistan Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to India to investigate the Pathankot terror attack, Shiv Sena chief Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said India will have to pay the price for it.
The Shiv Sena chief asserted that it was expected from Islamabad to shift the blame on New Delhi.
“It was India’s mistake to allow the Pakistan Joint Investigation Team in India to investigate the Pathankot terror attack. It was expected of Pakistan to blame it all on India. Hafiz Saeed has given statement on the Pathankot attack. The Lashkar-e-Taiba has taken its responsibility,” Raut told ANI.
“Today the Pakistan’s team is adopting a complete opposite attitude. It was India’s biggest mistake to allow Pakistan to step on our soil. Now Pakistan will shift all the blames on us. There was no need to allow them. We will have to pay the price for it,” he added.
The Pakistan JIT is set to give its report to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and sections of the Pakistan media have claimed that India is indulging in ‘vicious propaganda’ against Islamabad.
Sources told Pakistan Today that the JIT has slammed India over its claims of a Pakistani hand in the attack, saying that New Delhi continues to expand its propaganda “without having any solid evidence to back the claim”.
The report also claims that the Indian Government did not cooperate with the JIT, but instead made efforts to hinder the probe.
On Friday, the JIT returned to Pakistan after their five-day visit to India during which all evidence pertaining to the January 2016 attack was shared with them, including the DNA of four terrorists, their identities as well as call records showing involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The JIT had on Thursday examined 13 witnesses, including former Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh.
Pakistani terrorists attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station in January this year, in which four attackers and two security forces personnel were killed in the gun battle, with an additional security force member dying from injuries hours later. (ANI)