New Delhi, Feb 23: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz has acknowledged that one the mobile phone numbers that the Indian authorities had given to their Pakistani counterparts traced to an office of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Bahawalpur in Punjab province.
He said this in an exclusive interview to India Today.
The number allegedly served as a communication with the attackers during the assault on Pathankot airbase in Punjab on January 2.
"Pakistan was investigating into the terrorist attack seriously and would bring the preparators to justice," Aziz said the interview.
Aziz said JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar has been kept in protective custody
He also said that registration of FIR in the Pathankot attack is a positive step and India should appreciate it. A special investigation team from Pakistan will visit India to speak to the Indian officials in the first week of March, Aziz said.
Aziz also said JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar and several others have been placed under protective custody since January 14.
On resumption of talks with India, Aziz said that the ball is now in India's court and that Islamabad sought a meeting between the foreign secretaries of two countries at the earliest.