Claiming that it has examined the 22 “pin locations” shared by India, Pakistan on Thursday said that it has found no terror camps. Alongside, the neighbouring country also affirmed that there are no established links between the dreadful February 14 Pulwama attack and the 54 detainees.
“While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far,” it said in a statement, a day after asking India to provide “more information/evidence” on the involvement of the JeM in the deadly Pulwama terror attack and the presence of camps of the UN-proscribed terror outfit in the country.
With immense international pressure, Pakistan authorities announced the preventive detention of over 120 members of banned militant outfits in the country earlier this month. The detainees also include Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar’s son and brother — Hammad and Rauf.
The Pakistan Foreign Office said, “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.”
It said that keeping with its commitment to cooperate, Pakistan on Wednesday shared “preliminary findings” of its investigations with India along with a set of questions.
“Subsequently, the diplomatic corps in Islamabad was briefed as well,” the FO said.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the suicide bomber of JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel. India launched a counter-terror operation against a JeM training camp in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.