Pakistan JIT shouldn’t have been allowed to visit Pathankot base, says Indian body

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Almost four months after the Pathankot airbase attack, Indian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Home Affairs submitted its report to the Parliament.

Standing Committee Chairman Pradeep Bhattacharya had some scathing remarks for Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT)’s visit to India: “Indian government has made a huge mistake. The Pakistani JIT should not have been allowed to visit the Pathankot airbase.”

The committee has also questioned the government’s motive, and has demanded to be apprised as to what prompted the Indian government to seek Pakistan’s help.

The panel has slammed the security arrangements of the Pathankot airbase saying that its team visited the airbase on February 11 and found that it is poorly guarded. The panel questioned how the militants managed to scale the walls and enter the attack site despite an alert by the Intelligence Bureau.

It also questioned how Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh and his friends were left free by the militants. Indian Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that the central government will look at the committee’s report in a positive way.

The committee has recommended that merely providing establishment and infrastructure support is not enough, while another BJP MP BC Khanduri has admitted that certain measures need to be put in place in view of the Pathankot airbase attack.