Pulwama Attack: Pakistan denies existence of 22 militant camps shared by India, says will allow visit on request

Says 54 individuals investigated, no links found to the attack

Srinagar: While denying existence of 22 militant camps shared by India, Pakistan said so far 54 individuals were investigated with respect to Pulwama attack.

“It would be recalled that Indian had shared a paper on 27 February 2019. Soon after its receipt, Pakistan had constituted an investigation team, detained a number of persons for investigations and initiated work on the technical aspects of social media content, a main basis of Indian paper,” the Pakistan foreign office stated, adding, they briefing the diplomatic community on Pakistan’s Initial Findings on the Indian Paper related to Pulwama incident.

The foreign office stated that the Indian paper contained 91 pages and 6 parts, out of which only part 2 & 3 pertain to Pulwama incident.

“Other parts are generalized allegations. Pakistan is focusing on those parts which relate to Pulwama incident,” it added.

During the course of investigations, Pakistan said all aspects of the information provided by India have been thoroughly examined including the “confessional” video of Adil Dar, “claim” of responsibility for the attack, Whatsapp and Telegram numbers used to share videos and messages in support of Pulwama attack, list of 90 individuals suspected of belonging to a proscribed organization and 22 pin locations of alleged training camps.

“Service Providers have been requested for data including relevant details of activities and contacts of the GSM number provided by India. A request for assistance from Whatsapp has also been made to the US Government,” it added.

While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far, the Pakistani foreign officials stated.

“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.

Additional information and documents from India would be essential to continue the process of investigations. Pakistan remains committed to taking this process to its logical conclusion,” they added.

The Attorney General, Foreign and Interior Secretaries and Director General (FIA) were present during the briefing.

At least 49 CRPF paramilitary were killed and scores others were left injured in February after a deadly suicide bomber exploded his car in Pulwama area of Kashmir.

The incident brought two countries India and Pakistan on the verge of war and tensions on the border. Following the attack, Indian planes crossed the border in Kashmir and bombed the alleged hide outs of Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group in Balakote area.

In return, the Pakistani planes crossed Line of Control and bombed open areas in Jammu region of Kashmir. A dogfight ensued resulting in shooting down of an Indian plane and subsequent arrest of pilot Abhindan.

The situation was de-escalated following the intervention of international community and the release of pilot by Pakistan.

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