Security personnel at the site of suicide bomb attack, Pulwama

New Delhi: Pakistan has said it can allow India to investigate the alleged terror camps New Delhi believes were linked to the 14 February Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.

“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,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday in a press release on the country’s preliminary findings on the dossier New Delhi shared with Islamabad on 27 February.

Pakistan has also briefed the foreign diplomatic community based in the country on the findings.

“During the course of investigations, all aspects of the information provided by India have been thoroughly examined, including the ‘confessional’ video of Adil Dar (the Kashmiri member of the Jaish-e-Mohammed who allegedly carried out the Pulwama attack), ‘claim’ of responsibility for the attack (by the Jaish-e-Mohammed), 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 organisation, and 22 pin locations of alleged training camps,” the release said.

The Indian dossier contains 91 pages and six parts, of which only the second and third parts pertain to the Pulwama incident, Islamabad said. The other parts are generalised allegations, it added, saying Pakistan is focusing on those that relate to the Pulwama incident.

Pakistan said it had detained 54 suspects but found no evidence that they were involved in the Pulwama attack.

‘Pursuing Phone Numbers’

According to the statement, Pakistan has sought all details of phone numbers provided by India and their contacts from the relevant service providers.

A request for assistance from WhatsApp has also been made to the US government, the statement added.

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

The Pulwama attack, which saw a suicide bomber ram an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy on a highway from Jammu to Kashmir, had brought the two countries on the brink of war. On 26 February, the Indian Air Force struck camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot, with Pakistan attempting a failed hit on Indian military installations the next day.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had said after the attack that the country would pursue any leads about Pakistan-linked terror camps if India presented the evidence, but New Delhi had scoffed at the suggestion, citing Islamabad’s inaction against the perpetrators of 26/11, which was carried out by the Lashkar-e-Taiba.