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
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        Selfikulla
        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.
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          At_Karunakaran
          Jan 6, 2016 at 12:23 am
          @Karunakaran: About harvesting their organs- DID YOU MEAN THE WAY INDIA HARVESTED THE ORGANS OF YOUR 1,46,000 TAMILS IN TAMIL EELAM AND GAVE IT IN A PLATTER TO AN ITALIAN BCH TO EAT? EVEN AN OUTSIDER CAN BE TRUSTED THAN YOU.
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            MONKEY--KAR
            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.
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              Selfikulla
              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.
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                How_to_observe_Condolences_Indiots_way
                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.
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                  Rudram
                  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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                    Arvind
                    Jan 6, 2016 at 1:46 am
                    Never expect Nawaz Sharif PM will take any action against terrorists activities except false promises to IndiaFurther it is very dangerous to know that .70% of the Punjabis are heroin addicts. which is red signal to all.stan is more interested proxy war than going for actual war..It seems any govt at cenre is immune to terrorist activities and nothing has been done by Modi Govt except roaring like a lion but when times comes it become Cat.Had other countries face such situation they would have finished stan long back.It is history that whenver peace process start immediate terrorist activities start to damage such peace process.
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                      bhaskar
                      Jan 6, 2016 at 6:12 pm
                      Manohar Parikkar should be killed with IED blast and the BJP functionaries should be jailed in andaman and nikobar islands with kala pani... as sajaa...I feel Narendra Modi should dress himself in langoti and asked to clean the ashes of the slain army officers.
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                        Karunakaran
                        Jan 6, 2016 at 12:10 am
                        It has been reported in the past that Indians consume at least 17 tonnes of heroin each year, and that 70% of the Punjabis are heroin addicts. Of the 17 tonnes, it is quite likely at least 10 tonnes comes from the Golden Crescent - Afghanistan, Iran and stan - into India through the Punjab international border. Of course, there is also the unrefined form of drugs which could run into several 10s of tonnes at least. So the trade in drugs in huge. Is it not amazing that India seems to be doing absolutely nothing to curb this illegal trade? Of course, all levels of security personnel would have some finger in the pie. The terrorists will always use this channel to find easy access to do whatever they want to do.
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                          Kaliyug
                          Jan 6, 2016 at 12:17 am
                          India should have harvested their organs and given it to other Indians who are in need of a liver, eyes, kidney etc. This would have made these terrorists useful for someone else, the other step would be to BURN their bodies and dump them in the gutter.
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                            Indian
                            Jan 6, 2016 at 2:06 am
                            Where are those so called intellectuals who handed their sanmaan awards back to the government. Blood is on their hands who made this country look weaker.
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                              Dipak
                              Jan 6, 2016 at 2:11 am
                              Nawaz Sharif better not act against his BIG TERRORIST COAS BOSS RAHEEL SHARIF. Otherwise. Nawaz and all his brood will disappear.
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                                dv1936
                                Jan 6, 2016 at 12:07 am
                                Does anybody in India remember 26/11 and what happened after that. It is time to wake up and face the truth.
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                                  Hassan
                                  Jan 6, 2016 at 11:48 am
                                  stop interfering in Balochistan, and we have suffered more attacks than india has...but we never cry like u on every attack u start crying like a baby stan..stan... ask ur security agencies to train themselves better...RAW is sleeping and ranked somewhere at 9 or 10.....such a huge country(area and potion wise) still lack competent people...
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                                    madan gupta
                                    Jan 6, 2016 at 2:25 am
                                    is ke liye baadl aur punjaab police zimmedaar hai. पंजाब पुलिस हफ्ता इकठ्ठा करने में लगी हुई थी और बादल अपने ड्रग के व्यापार में मस्त था.
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                                      ramdas
                                      Jan 6, 2016 at 1:10 am
                                      So many terror attacks, information provided in dossiers tons of it and expect porkistan to take action. Political cl has become insane and moronic.
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                                        R. Singh
                                        Jan 6, 2016 at 4:02 am
                                        No one has been taken for a ride. terrorist action is as expected, no surprises at all. Why get worked up. stan is a failed state, created by Nehru hi Cingress - Muslim League - Christian British nexus. Goal keep Hindustan destabilized, and to be looted
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                                          R. Singh
                                          Jan 6, 2016 at 4:05 am
                                          They had local help
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                                            Shafted mohammed
                                            Jan 6, 2016 at 4:59 am
                                            I am Muslim and strongly condemn these state sponsored terrorism by the stani establishment. Does the film industry show intolerance to terrorism and do shah rukh and Aamir have the conscience to say they are intolerant to stan sponsored terrorism.did Filipino kumar aka youssfi khan think of returning Nissan e imtiaz.
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