Pathankot Probe: Pakistan Arrests 12 Jaish-e-Muhammad Suspects, Seals Their Offices

13/01/2016 4:06 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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PATHANKOT, INDIA - JANUARY 3: An Indian army soldier takes up position on the perimeter of a Pathankot Air Force Base during an operation to 'sanitise' the base following an attack by gunmen, on January 3, 2016 in Pathankot, India. The deadly assault on an Indian air base near the Pakistan border was 'a heinous' terrorist attack, the United States said, urging the two rivals to work together to hunt down those responsible. Three security officers were killed in the attack by suspected Islamist militants on Pathankot base in northern Punjab state early January 2. So far, six terrorists and seven soldiers, including a Lieutenant colonel, have been killed in the exchange of fire. Five members of the Defence Security Corps succumbed to injuries in the hospital. The attackers were believed to have infiltrated from Pakistan and there was speculation that they may belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad headed by Maulana Masood Azhar of the Kandahar hijack episode. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's law enforcement agencies have arrested 12 suspects of banned Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) over links with the attack on Indian Air base in Pathankot.

The suspects were arrested from different cities of southern Punjab, according to the online newspaper, Daily Pakistan.

Islamabad has decided to share the development with Indian side and a proposal to send a top level investigation team to New Delhi was also under consideration, according to a spokesman for Pakistan's Prime Minister Office.

A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed on Wednesday that offices of JeM that allegedly conducted Pathankot attack were secretly operating in four cities of Punjab.

The offices have been sealed in Bahwalnagar, Bahawalpur, Multan and Muzafargarh cities and the suspected members of the group were also held, top officials briefed Sharif.

Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Raheel Sharif, DG Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Prime Minister's National Security Adviser Lieutenant-General (r) Nasir Janjua and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were told in the meeting that the arrested people could be possible facilitators of Pathankot attackers.

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