New Delhi, June 16: Today a news report from Pakistan stated that the person who gave instructions to the terrorists who attacked Pathankot had fled.
While quoting sources in the investigating agency in Pakistan, the report further notes that Maulana Masood Azhar the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad had said that this person had left the outfit sometime back and he had disowned him.
This is quite a set back since what Pakistan is trying to indicate is that the man who gave instructions is not traceable and also Maulana Masood Azhar has nothing to do with the attack. India would have expected this because the fact is that since day one, Pakistan was not happy with the evidence.
Ever since the Joint Investigation Team from Pakistan visited India and returned, there has been mud slinging in the press about how unconvincing India's evidence is. However the fact is that there is very little India can do since the attack was not launched from here.
It was from Pakistan and all the major players are housed there.
How Pakistan will shoot down India's claim:
Revealing to the Pakistan media that the man who gave instructions has fled is just one step taken by Pakistan to slow down the probe. Further stating that Masood Azhar had disowned him is a way of absolving the man's organisation of the charge.
There have been deliberations all along regarding this attack and also the investigations surrounding it. First and foremost, the Pakistan's JIT says that calls made from Pakistan alone cannot be a basis of proof. Pakistan has said anyone can make that call.
The terrorists are said to have made a call to their handler in Pakistan. The Pakistan investigating agency feels that anyone can call a Jaish-e-Mohammad number and there is no evidence to show it was the terrorists who made that phone call.
The JIT has already rejected the claim by the NIA that it was Nasir a terrorist who called his mother. How has the NIA ascertained that Nasir had indeed gone from Pakistan to India is another point that the JIT posed. Further the NIA had not told the JIT exactly from where the terrorists had entered is yet again another contention.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that with Pakistan probing terror is more often than not a wasted exercise. They from day one had made up their mind to shoot down the investigations conducted in India point by point.
It is clear that they are trying to shift the blame away from the Jaish-e-Mohammad and make it appear as though India had fabricated the entire case, the officer also noted.