Pakistan says no terror camps exist on 22 locations shared by India


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said that it has examined 22 pin locations shared by India in connection with the Pulwama terror attack, but not found any terror camps in those places.

Pakistan also claimed that 54 people arrested in connection with the Pulwama terror attack, however, no evidence of their involvement in the deadly attack has surfaced so far.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement on Wednesday saying Islamabad had shared preliminary findings of its investigations with India and has sought additional evidence to take the process forward.

"The Government of Pakistan has shared preliminary findings with the Government of India after examining the Indian report on Pulwama incident," the Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement.

"We have sought further information or evidence from India to take the process forward," it added

"While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far. Similarly, the 22 pin locations shared by India have been examined. No such camps exist. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations," the statement added.

The ministry said the investigation team had examined all information provided by India, including the confessional video of the attacker Adil Dar.

“During the course of investigations, all aspects of information provided by India have been thoroughly examined, including the ‘confesional video of Adil Dar, ‘claim’ of responsibility for the attack, WhatsApp and Telegram numbers used to share videos and messages and a list of 90 individuals suspected of belonging to a proscribed organisation”, the statement read.

On February 27, India had handed over the dossier to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi with specific details of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)'s participation in the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan.

On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing more than 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.

The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after this incident. Both the nuclear-armed neighbours had said they have shot down each other’s fighter jets.

On February 26, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation and attacked terror camps in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The air strikes come 12 days after the dreaded terror outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a debilitating attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.

In response, On February 27, Pakistani F-16 jets violated the Line of Control and the aerial fight ensued.

Subsequently, Indian fighter jet shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet, which landed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 and captured an Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. However, on March 1, he was released.



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