Pak condemns attack, Modi says soldiers ‘did not let enemies of humanity succeed’

Pakistan condemns the terrorist incident in Pathankot, India, in which many precious lives have been lost.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 3, 2016 4:07 am
Pathankot, Pathankot attack, Pak condemns pathankot attack, Pathankot Indian Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF Base attack, Air Force Base attack, IAF attack, india news Indian security personnel stand guard beside a road near the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot in Punjab. Reuters

With the terror attack in Pathankot still unfolding, both India and Pakistan on Saturday afternoon issued statements that seemed intended to prevent the escalation of rhetoric.

Pakistan condemned the attack, offering “heartfelt condolences”, and saying it was committed to “partner with India” to eliminate terrorism in the South Asian region. India, despite strong indications that the attack was carried out by the Jaish-e-Muhammad, reacted cautiously, the Ministry of External Affairs saying — several hours into the attack — that it was still too early to comment.

“On #PathankotAttack: Operations continuing, immediate focus on resolving situation — premature to say anything more at this point,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swaroop tweeted.

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In Islamabad, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement: “Pakistan condemns the terrorist incident in Pathankot, India, today, in which many precious lives have been lost.

“We extend heartfelt condolences to the government and people of India and the bereaved families and wish the wounded speedy and full recovery.

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“Building on the goodwill created during the recent high-level contacts between the two countries, Pakistan remains committed to partner with India as well as other countries in the region to completely eradicate the menace of terrorism afflicting our region.”

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Saturday’s attack came a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impromptu Christmas Day visit to Lahore. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had travelled to Pakistan on December 8, two days after the off-camera meeting between National Security Advisors Ajit Doval and Lt Gen (retd) Naseer Khan Janjua in Bangkok. On November 30, Modi had met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Climate Summit in Paris.

Speaking in Mysuru on Saturday, Modi said “enemies of humanity” had attacked India, and lauded the security forces who “did not let them succeed”.

“Today, enemies of humanity who can’t see India progress tried to strike at our strategic area, a prominent airbase at Pathankot. I appreciate our armed forces and thank them for foiling our enemy’s attempt,” the Prime Minister said, adding, “our security forces did not let them succeed”.

Foreign Secretary level talks between the two countries are due to begin on January 15. The Pathankot attack would not derail those talks, the government said on Saturday.

“This process (talks) cannot be destroyed due to one attack… Pakistan is our neighbour. You cannot change your neighbour, you can change friends, and therefore, we must continue with the talks, but talks have to be mainly on the issue of terrorism and that’s what exactly India is doing… Unless you talk terror, terror will not come down,” Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that while India wanted peace with Pakistan, it would give a “befitting reply” to terrorist attacks.

“Army jawans, NSG and the Punjab Police are giving a befitting reply to the attack… Pakistan is our neighbour and we want good relations not only with Pakistan, but all our neighbours. We also want peace, but if there is any sort of terrorist attack on India, we will give a befitting reply,” Singh said.

He said it was possible that the attack had been carried out by the Jaish. “The case will be probed by the NIA but the possibility of JeM being behind the attack cannot be ruled out,” Singh said.

The Congress voiced serious concern over the attack. “It’s indeed a very serious matter as seven days after PM Modi visited Pakistan to meet his counterpart Nawaz Sharif, a terrorist module comes from Pakistan and attacks in Punjab and attacks our frontline security installation, AICC communication department chief Randeep Surjewala told reporters.

“Two things are very clear,” Surjewala said. “First, despite the PM’s visit to Pakistan, ISI continues to sustain and support terror activities against India… Secondly, the terror camps that are run by terrorists for carrying on anti-India activity in PoK continues to be supported by Pakistani establishments…”

(With PTI)

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    Aryan
    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:18 pm
    After the recent yesterady interview towards NDTV , where Home minister Singh allowed any suspects to do whatever they want , it became clear that R. Singh is not qualified to hold any position in the Indian Home Ministry [He diea not know the role and its source of the home ministry in the structure of India]. In addition, defentaly Secretary of Home Ministry is uneducated, lazy and has no knowledge in the affairs of the Home ministry. Consequently, the lack of the professional organzation of the Home Ministry in accordance with the Indian Consutin and with the Law, not external, expl stani Government , is a result of the different riots attacks. Which will continue their activity in the future in any part of India (Hindustan).
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      Aryan
      Jan 2, 2016 at 10:20 pm
      Secretary: Anoop Kumar Srivastava (Border Control).
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        JACK
        Jan 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm
        stan condemn but do not take action this is problem for world This means world start wipe out camps from stan
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          Satendra kumar
          Jan 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm
          Both countries should work together for peace and security for it's citizens for all of South Asian nations all the terrorist camps should be declared illegal and outlawed hence making efforts to implement international forums laws to get rid off terrorist activities from this planet.
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          1. मनीष
            Jan 3, 2016 at 4:40 am
            Every time when India is terrorized by stanis, Indian Muslims have provided support to those stani terrorists. Enough is enough. Excluding the SICKulars, any one in India wants to contribute to this war against terrorism in India, should stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop doing business with a Muzzie owned store/business.
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            1. मनीष
              Jan 2, 2016 at 7:26 pm
              For every terrorist attack by stanis in India, there were always Indian Muslims supporting them. The Army should Kill 100 Muslims for death of every Indian. India is suffering due to stupidity of Mohan K. hi.
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                PCKULKARNI
                Jan 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm
                stan is as usual fooling us. Modi and Nawaj Sharif hug each other and the other Sharif conspires to send terrorists to India
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                  Abiram Devnathan
                  Jan 2, 2016 at 5:06 pm
                  The solution for this complicated era in stan can be found out.. It is Steve Job's quote which is "THINK DIFFERENT". There are 2 stans. 1.Officially headed by Sharif. 2. ISI led army with the support of Hafeez Saeed. Of course, there is nothing wrong in what Modi had done by approaching No1. Today's attack is a structured one by No.2. So how can we solve this? Politically,in my opinion,it is important to create local rebel groups or insurgency in stan against it's Army and Islam extremists,while simultaneously dealing with Nawaz Sharif..Diplomatically, India should start focusing on shaming the countries that supply weapons to stan(which apparently was Mr Modi is doing while abroad visits).Economically,Indian companies should start investing in stan(too dangerous. but useful).It is because it will provide jobs for stani youths which will reduce extremism.These youths could be used for rebellion.With these problems,ISI's internal headache would increasetelligently, India should support stan's enemies such as Balooch rebels and Tehreek Taliban etc. At last finding the root cause of people in ISI and where do they get money from?.. etc.. and eliminating them using spies (what Mossad intelligence does for Israel) by allowing infiltration from our side(an eye for an eye especially necessary for countries like Pak) The overall idea is.. Opposing stan while supporting stan itself. Modi is on right path I guess..
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                    abu rafey
                    Jan 4, 2016 at 7:08 am
                    No dear Help not given by Muslims they are SP Salwinder Singh and his cook Madan Gopal and his friend Rajesh, Would u like to ask what they were doing at 3 am friday morning and how they have escape alive. So Just i need to clear they are not MUslims they are Hindu Deshdrohis.
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                      Arun
                      Jan 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm
                      stan is capable of check mating USA and China in its foreign policy. For stan, handling India is not difficult, especially the RSS government which is predictable.
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                        Kaliyug
                        Jan 2, 2016 at 7:32 pm
                        Nawab Shariff the Nawab for nothing is again being challenged by the ISI and the armed forces that decide the civilian government in stan. This kind of incidence shows that the armed forces and its other nefarious departments work separately from the civilian rules of law, it also shows that the courts in stan have no power,.
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                          Arun
                          Jan 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm
                          It is of no use to just condemn attack but strong steps must be taken to arrest those who send terrorists to India and then carry out terrorist activities in India which we have seen today.It is really funny on the part of Park Govt to say they have no hand and then fool world.stan Army/Pak Rangers are patrolling even POK and other border area with India then how such terrorists cross Indian border without knowing them.They should have gunned down them at sight before crossing our border but it does not want to do so.It is now known fact that whenever there is peace talks going to begin between two countries ISI does such activities with help of Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit and many others having terrorist camps running with the blessing of stan Army/ISI.
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                            dv1936
                            Jan 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm
                            Modi back stabbed, betra by stan.
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                              tyhj
                              Jan 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm
                              A very Sincere suggestion to Mr Nawaz Sherif , Prime Minister of stan. Allow the Indian Army to Flush out Terrorist from your Land. Our Army can do it. You have admitted that controlling and Neutralising Terrorism is out of your Control. We can free you from the Devil which you have specially created to destroy India but in the process your Devil has grown more than you thought. Our PM Modi had made a great Statement during the General elections in the year 2014 and that is " Sab ka saat Sab Ka Vikas". Therefore take our Suggestion very Seriously as our Armed forces can not only Neutralize Terrorism but can ensure smooth process for Good Governance and Development for People of stan, which they are completely unaware. So Respected Sir all you have to is call up our PM Modi and ask for help to Neutralize Terrorism which was cherished and Nurtured by Respective government in your country.
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                                tyhj
                                Jan 2, 2016 at 2:38 pm
                                Neutralize the Terrorist vocational training and rehabilitation center which are based across the border in stan. Even stan government may also secretly thank the Indian government. Something's which are beyond their control are taken care by another bordering Country.
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                                  MP
                                  Jan 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm
                                  India shoul attack On stan directly cause now days came to teach lesson to stan. We shold't take stan very easily.
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                                    jai
                                    Jan 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm
                                    indians do not need to pull anything else of their backside because only stanis come from there.
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                                      jai
                                      Jan 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm
                                      maybe when you become prime minster of laudas, you can have your way!
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                                        jai
                                        Jan 2, 2016 at 8:54 pm
                                        your well wishes are not welcome as long as your isi control the terrorists. crocodile tears! strong military?? no wonder that your military are getting f..... by their own terrorists!!
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                                          Neeraj Bhat
                                          Jan 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm
                                          India is on the launch pad of becoming an economic power. Some fringe elements doesn't want this to happen and all these activities are aimed to put India into war with stan so that all development comes to a halt. Wars destroy nations whether they win or loose.
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                                            Rajesh Mohanty
                                            Jan 2, 2016 at 6:46 pm
                                            Yes, Modi is on the right path-making peace with stan whatever be the cost. After all, only security people lives are lost. Why care about them as long as PM receives laurels for his brave efforts
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