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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