Pakistan’s soil not used for Pulwama attack: investigators


A thorough probe failed to find any evidence of the use of Pakistan’s soil by any terror group for the last month’s deadly suicide attack in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), media reports said quoting a senior security official on Sunday.

Nearly four dozen Indian soldiers were killed when a young Kashmiri drove a vehicle full of explosives into a military convoy in the Pulwama district of IOK on February 14. The Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant group which, according to India, operates from Pakistan, purportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Pakistani authorities had conducted investigations into the Pulwama attack and found no evidence whatsoever of any involvement of Pakistan or any organisation in the attack,” a senior official told in an interview with local media.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had offered India help in investigation and promised to take action against any group found involved in the Pulwama attack. However, New Delhi rejected the offer and instead started whipping up war hysteria.

India also shared with Pakistan a so-called dossier containing what it called evidence of JeM’s involvement in the Pulwama attack. However, the security official rejected the notion that the document contains any incriminating evidence against any group as claimed by India.

The National Security Committee, which met immediately after the Pulwama attack, had decided to launch a decisive purge against all proscribed groups according to the National Action Plan (NAP).

Subsequently, Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) – the two charities run by Hafiz Saeed – were banned in the country.

The security official said the implementation of NAP would be further expedited. However, he clarified that the decision to act decisively against proscribed groups was not under any foreign pressure.