Why India is Hindering Pathankot Attack Investigation

Since the very first day that an attack occurred at the Pathankot Air Force Base, Indian news channels and her top military brass have been blaming Pakistan

Why India is Hindering Pathankot Attack Investigation

They claim that the people who carried out the Pathankot attack had come from the Bahawalpur district in Pakistan. These attackers were highly trained individuals and had links with Pakistan’s spy agency.

However, despite all these allegations that are very ill founded, India has, a yet, failed to provide any concrete evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Pathankot attack.

Pakistan, on its part, has tried to help it neighbor in every possible way. It has formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for probing the attack besides cracking down on militants and lodging an FIR of the incident.

The attack itself and the situation that has developed in its aftermath, has made it clear that New Delhi itself had planned and executed the Pathankot attack in order to further its sinister designs against Pakistan.

Another reason for orchestrating this bizarre incident was to postpone secretary level bilateral talks with Pakistan that were scheduled to take place within a few days.

There have been many developments in this regard recently that prove beyond doubt that Pathankot attack was, indeed, the work of Indian agencies rather than Pakistan.

Muhammad Tanzil, an officer of the National Investigation Agency, was murdered by unidentified people in Bijnor. Tanzil was investigating the Pathankot attack.

The Indian government is probing the death of its intelligence officer but it is a foregone conclusion that the assailants will never see the light of day. India has also failed to cooperate with the Pakistani JIT. Not a single piece of evidence has yet been handed over to the Pakistani team.

The members of the team were only briefed about the route taken by the alleged attackers when they visited the site if the incident where they were allowed to spend less than an hour. This should be noted that such a small span of time is not even enough for walking the perimeters of the airbase.

Needless to say that no evidence could have been collected in the same time. The visiting Pakistani team was also informed about the stark negligence of the Border Security Force (BSF) whose members were allegedly fast asleep when the attackers from Pakistan sneaked in.

Under the circumstances, it can be stated safely that the Pathankot attack on January 02 this year was an act of subversion. Pakistan has acted responsibly during the entire Pathankot incident. It condemned the attacks, and sincerely offered to help in the investigation despite knowing that the attacks were carried out by Indian agencies.

The International community not only acknowledged Pakistan’s stance, but also appreciated it. Pakistan has recently apprehended a RAW agent from Balochistan who was allegedly involved in fomenting separatism in Balochistan.

India deliberate attempts at hindering the Pathankot attack investigation, coupled with the apprehension of a RAW agent has made it clear that both are part of a wider Indian campaign to malign Pakistan and destabilize it from within and without.

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Sajjad Shaukat

I got master degrees in English and Journalism including diploma in English Learning and Teaching from the University of Punjab. I am a freelance writer and wrote a number of articles on various topics of international affairs, published in Pakistan’s English newspapers. Besides, I also wrote a book, “US vs Islamic, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations”, published by Ms. Ferozsons Pvt. Lahore in 2005. In this book, I have evolved a thesis that the non-state actors like Islamic militants are checking the world dominance of the US. However, I have condemned the old theories which support role of force and power in international affairs. Taking the ongoing war on terror as a conflict between the privileged and unprivileged status quo, I have suggested reforming the unequal world order. And I have favoured global peace, based upon idealism--which is possible by reconciling realism with idealism. Moreover, it is essential to combat terrorism by resolving various issues like Palestine, Kashmir etc., and by acting upon an exit strategy from Iraq and Afghanistan. Moreover, my future assessments like failure of military paradigm by the state actors in coping with the non-state actors, increase in US cost of war, rise of more terrorism, plane plot in UK and present international financial crisis have proved true. So, central thesis of the book remains valid today.