Pak must take 'immediate action' against those responsible for Pathankot attack: Modi to Sharif

New Delhi: As Pakistan link to Pathankot attack became clear, its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday called up his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and vowed “prompt and decisive action” against the terrorists behind the strike about which “specific and actionable” information has been provided.

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During the telephonic conversation, Modi strongly pressed for urgent steps against those responsible for the attack that began on Saturday last with six terrorists sneaking into the Air Base and leading to an encounter in which seven security men, including a Lt Colonel, were killed.

Modi received a call this afternoon from the Prime Minister of Pakistan regarding the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase, the PMO said.

The Prime Minister “strongly emphasized the need for Pakistan to take firm and immediate action against the organizations and individuals responsible for and linked to the Pathankot terrorist attack.”

The statement said “specific and actionable information in this regard has been provided to Pakistan”.

Sharif “assured Prime Minister Modi that his government would take prompt and decisive action against the terrorists.”

The phone call from Sharif came as the Pakistan link to the attack became clear. NIA chief Sharad Kumar today said there was little doubt that the attackers were from Pakistan.

Defense Minister Manohar Parikkar added that there are indications that some of equipment used by terrorists were made in Pakistan.

Extending Pakistan’s deepest condolences to the Government and people of India on the “unfortunate terrorist incident” in Pathankot, a statement by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “We understand the pain of many families who have lost their dear ones in this tragedy, as Pakistan itself is a major victim of terrorism.”

Noting that the terror attack that left seven security personnel dead has been categorically condemned by Pakistan, the spokesperson said, “In line with Pakistan’s commitment to effectively counter and eradicate terrorism, the Government is in touch with the Indian government and is working on the leads provided by it.”

The statement, however, did not give details of the “leads” provided by India. It also said that India and Pakistan should remain “committed” to a sustained dialogue process. “Living in the same region and with a common history, the two countries should remain committed to a sustained dialogue process,” it said, adding, “The challenge of terrorism calls for strengthening our resolve to a cooperative approach.”

It is likely that National Security Advisers of the two countries may have an urgent meeting in the next few days after which a call would be taken on the Foreign Secretary-level talks.