Manohar Parrikar says all six terrorists killed, Pathankot airbase combing still underway

The call from Sharif came as the government announced that all six terrorists who had attacked the airbase and used “Pakistan-made” equipment had been killed by security forces.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/pathankot | Updated: January 6, 2016 5:35 am
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a news conference in Pathankot, Tuesday. (Source: Reuters) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a news conference in Pathankot, Tuesday. (Source: Reuters)

With the attack on Pathankot airbase threatening to derail the dialogue-revival process between the two countries, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called up Indian counterpart Narendra Modi Tuesday, promising “prompt and decisive action” against those behind the strike.

Read: Need immediate action against those behind Pathankot attack, PM Modi tells Sharif

The call from Sharif came as the government announced that all six terrorists who had attacked the airbase and used “Pakistan-made” equipment had been killed by security forces.

Watch: Pathankot Attack Update; Sharif Tells Modi He Will Act [click here]

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Modi received a call in the afternoon from Sharif. During the conversation, Modi “strongly emphasised the need for Pakistan to take firm and immediate action against the organizations and individuals responsible for and linked to the Pathankot terrorist attack”.

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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 PMO said.

Read: Parrikar admits ‘gaps’ in security, says terrorists used ‘Pak-made’ equipment

It is learnt that information and leads, like the Pakistani numbers which the attackers had called and their intercepts, have been shared by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen (retd) Naseer Khan Janjua when they spoke to each other Tuesday.

Read: NIA to send terrorists’ voice, DNA samples to Pakistan

On Monday night, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said it was working on “leads” provided by India on the attack. It also said that India and Pakistan should remain “committed” to the 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”.

India is expected to send to Pakistan a letter rogatory (LR) along with DNA samples of the slain terrorists and their phone call details. The DNA test of the six terrorists will be conducted as early as possible so that Pakistani authorities can move on the case, official sources said.

The LR is a formal request from a court to a foreign court for some type of judicial assistance. The most common remedies sought by letters rogatory are service of process and taking of evidence.

Indian authorities believe that the Bahawalpur-based Jaish-e-Mohammad carried out the attack on Pathankot.

Speaking to reporters in Pathankot, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar admitted to “some gaps” that led to the attack. He said all six terrorists had been killed.

“There is no suspected terrorist inside right now… I will not give a negative report till the combing operations are over. The combing operations may be over by tomorrow,” he said in reply to questions.

“One of the terrorists still has a body vest where they (security forces) can see a grenade stuck… I am very very clear they should not take any risk. We have already lost one person to a booby trap, so no more losses,” he said.

He announced that all seven security personnel killed during the attack will be treated as martyrs. This will entitle their kin to all benefits available to “battle casualty”.

According to Parrikar, the terrorists were carrying 40-50 kg of bullets, mortars, modified under-barrel grenade launchers besides some magazines.

Responding to questions, he said “I see some gaps. But I do not think there is any compromise on security. Once the investigations are over, things will become clear,” he said, adding “every security detail cannot be discussed” and “keep something for investigation”.

Parrikar said he was worried how the terrorists managed to come inside the base which has a perimeter of 24 km and is spread over 2,000 acres.

Asked about the Pakistani connection, he said there are indications that some of the equipment used by the terrorists were made in Pakistan.

Parrikar said except the Garud commando, no one else was killed in direct operation. “Five Defence Security Corps personnel died because more of a bad luck. One of them, Jagdish Chandra, virtually grappled with the terrorist before killing him,” he said, hailing them as martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice.

(With PTI inputs)

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    Abhinav Gour
    Jan 6, 2016 at 2:48 am
    Where is the second team? They carried 50 kgs of Ammo, mortar, grenade launcher, Explosives, food, water, but only used bullets? Also all this they carried over their shoulder from stan and no where they were stopped? Stop making fool of Indians and their is more to the storydia lost 7 soldiers, who martyred themselves for what? Stop making fool of Indians for vote bank Politics, as all Indians know Punjab elections are round the corner.
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      Archana Das
      Jan 5, 2016 at 11:26 pm
      It is so shameful the way these guys are laughing. It shows how irresponsible, s they are. No sincerity. Shame
      1. S
        Jan 5, 2016 at 11:47 pm
        I think PIB stands for PUBIC Information Bureau! Read this: ___ The call from Sharif came as the government announced that all six terrorists who had attacked the airbase and used “stan-made” equipment had been killed by security forces. AND THE BUTCHER MODI, even after knowing that they used Pak made equipments, TALKED TO SHARIFF. I really suspect that the very purpose of BUTCHER MODI's gate crash to Shariff's home was to ask Shariff to send the terrorists to India to prevent backlashes that happen inadvertently like the DDCA, GTL FAILURE. BRAHMIN INFESTED BUGGERS JANATA PARTY(BJP) will stoop to any level.
        1. A
          Jan 6, 2016 at 12:23 am
          1. M
            Jan 5, 2016 at 11:52 pm
            kar scratches his arm pit with the same side of the hand. The ONLY OTHER SPECIES WHICH DOES THAT : MONKEYS.
            1. S
              Jan 5, 2016 at 11:01 pm
              When did Nawaz Shariff become the obedient maid servant of Modi to take immediate action. Modi is the actor and actress. So he SKREWS himself.
              1. H
                Jan 5, 2016 at 10:57 pm
                Shameless Parikar. Look at the jingoism in the image. After losing 6 retired paramilitary jawans, that fellow is laughing with no regard to the departed souls and their families. And look at the sheepish future retired thief of air staff smiling and giggling. The way of observing condolences for the martyres.
                1. R
                  Jan 6, 2016 at 3:10 am
                  Modi has been taken for a ride by Nawaz Sharif so far. Time for Modi to wield the big stick if stern action not taken against the stan based terrorist leaders (arrests, executions, long jail time). Otherwise BJP is all talk no action. Bullies and cowards not fit to lead India.
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