Pakistan finds no role of Jaish chief Masood Azhar

Srinagar: Pakistan has found no “substantive evidence” against the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar for ordering or masterminding the Pathankot airbase attack as claimed by India.
A Pakistan daily, The Express Tribune, reported on Monday that a Special Investigation Team set up after the deadly attack in India has conveyed to New Delhi that there was “no substantial evidence that could prove the involvement of Maulana Azhar in the Pathankot assault.”
The investigation team was formed by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after India claimed to have found of JeM while intercepting the mobile communication between the attackers and their alleged handlers in Pakistan by the its spy agencies.
“The team has conveyed Pakistan’s government and military that Indian evidence was insufficient to implicate Maulana Azhar. However, the involvement of the low cadre members of the outfit has not been ruled out,” it said.
On January 2, six gunmen had attacked the airbase leading to a three-day-long gun battle that killed seven soldiers. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formed the SIT after India shared the ‘leads’ with Pakistan.
Pakistan had launched a crackdown on the JeM, its headquarters were sealed, dozens of its activists detained. The SIT is expected to visit India to study the evidences.
Meanwhile talks between India and Pakistan have been suspended till the former sees action by Pakistan against those responsible for the Pathankot attack.