Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan says it has conducted initial investigations into a file provided by neighboring India on the Pulwama suicide attack in Kashmir, concluding that so far links can be drawn between Pakistan and the bombing, the foreign office
At least 54 individuals had been arrested, 22 locations investigated and number of phone numbers tracked as part of the investigation, said Pakistani foreign office released on Thursday. India a day earlier, while also briefing top diplomats in the capital Islamabad
Kashmir town of Pulwama killed at least 40 Indian security forces personnel.
India blamed Pakistan for "controlling" the attack and launched punitive air raids on what it termed "a training camp" on Pakistani soil shortly termed r.
Pakistan said the air attacks hit an uninhabited forest, and launched its own air attacks on Indian military targets, causing casualties.
Both sides deployed fighter jets and in an aerial dogfight, and Indian aircraft was shot down, resulting in the capture of its pilot.
With his return two days later, pensions started to subside, although both countries remain on high alert.
On Wednesday, Pakistan fully reopened its airspace for flights originating or departing from the country for the first time in a month. Transit flights over Pakistani airspace remain suspended
Crackdown on dissent
Shortly after the attack, a video emerged of alleged suicide bombing Adil Dar, a native of Indian-administered Kashmir, claiming responsibility for the attack and swearing allegiance to Pakistan -based armed group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM)
Dar's family duty Al Jazeera he took up arms after seeing the extent of a sustained Indian security forces crackdown on dissent in the disputed Kashmir region, one that particularly targets young men
India and Pakistan have two of their three wars over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, which both hold separate portions of.
Following the Pulwama attack, India blamed Pakistan for allowing JeM and other armed groups to operate freely on the soil, with one top Indian general going so far as to say Pakistani intelligence "controlled" the attack.
On February 27, India shared a file of evidence with Pakistan linked to the attack, days after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had called Indian authorities to "actionable intelligence" on the attack. [OnThursdayPakistansaidithadexaminedtheevidenceandhadfoundnoevidenceoflinkstoPakistan"
" While 54 were investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far, "said the Foreign Office statement.
" 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. "Pakistan said it was" committed "to investigating the attack, and requested" additional information and documents "to continue the process.
Earlier this month, The country launched a crackdown on Kashmir-focused armed groups such as JeM and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operating on its soil, arresting dozens and taking over schools, mosques and other facilities run by those groups.
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Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera's digital correspondent in Pakistan He tweets @AsadHashim .