08/02/2016 11:05 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Pathankot Attack: Pak Investigation Team Doesn't Find Evidence Against JeM Chief Masood Azhar

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MUMBAI, INDIA - JANUARY 8: Sand artist Laxmi paying a tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives at Pathankhot, through her art, at Juhu, on January 8, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Seven security personnel were killed in the attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force Station by six terrorists who, according to officials, crossed over from Pakistan. All the six terrorists were killed by security forces later. (Photo by Vidya Subramanian/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

KARACHI -- A team, constituted by Pakistan to investigate into the attack on Indian airbase in Pathankot last month, has concluded that there is no substantive evidence to suggest that Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of the outlawed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant group, masterminded the deadly assault.

According to The Express Tribune, six gunmen attacked the airbase in Pathankot on 2 January, leading to a three-day-long standoff that killed seven soldiers.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) after India shared the 'leads' with Pakistan.

Subsequently, a crackdown was launched in Punjab against the JeM, its headquarters were sealed and dozens of activists detained.

The SIT has since been working on the Indian 'leads'. It is also expected to visit India to study the evidence the Indians have.

Officials privy to the SIT investigations said that Pakistani authorities have conveyed to New Delhi that there was no substantial evidence that could prove the involvement of Maulana Azhar in the Pathankot assault.

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