The NIA which gave the JIT a presentation yesterday says that this is a necessary exercise since all evidence gathered needs to be probed so that the masterminds of the attacks are brought to book in Pakistan.
Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar said yesterday that no permission was given to the JIT to visit the air force station. However since the probe is being carried out by the NIA, it is within the purview of the agency to grant permission to the JIT to visit the scene of the crime, the minister had also said.
NIA officials had earlier indicated that restricted access would be given to the JIT. However the NIA made it clear that no permission would be granted to the sensitive areas within the base.
However this exercise would be focused more on the JIT speaking to the witnesses. A visit to the crime scene in an investigation is one part of the probe. The entry points of the terrorists before they stormed the air base would be visited by the JIT.
These are crucial to the probe as the case needs to be built up.
The JIT so far has been cooperative and had not denied the evidence that India had shared relating to the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
It is entirely up to the JIT now how they would take the probe forward once they get back to Pakistan. Moreover Pakistan will also have to take a call to a request regarding a visit by the NIA to Islamabad soon.