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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif chairs high-level meeting; discusses Pathankot attack

The meeting came as India said it is waiting for "prompt and decisive action" as promised by Sharif to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a telephone call on Tuesday.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published: January 7, 2016 5:35 pm
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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting and discussed the Pathankot terror attack as he directed officials to speed up work on the leads given by India, sources said.

“Issues pertaining to national and regional security were discussed during the meeting,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a brief statement.

The meeting was attended by Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance; Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior; Sartaj Aziz, Advisor on Foreign Affairs; Lt Gen (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, National Security Advisor; Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary; Aftab Sultan, chief of Intelligence Bureau and other officials.

A source privy to the details said that the meeting discussed the Pathankot attack and the information shared so far by India.

“The meeting decided to speed up work on the leads given by India,” he said on anonymity.

Another official said that the information provided by India was not enough as it was just limited to telephone numbers and Pakistan might ask for additional information.

“We would like to have solid information to build a case for action otherwise courts intervene and the suspects are bailed out,” he said.

He added the meeting agreed that strong action would be taken after probe against anyone found guilty of involvement in the attack.

The meeting came as India said it is waiting for “prompt and decisive action” as promised by Sharif to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a telephone call on Tuesday.

India has provided “specific and actionable information in this regard” to Pakistan.

On Wednesday, Pakistan’s army chief Gen Raheel Sharif reaffirmed zero tolerance for terrorist organisations and took a detailed review of overall internal and external security situation in the country.

He made the remarks while presiding over the Corps Commander Conference held at General Headquarters, a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

In a pre-dawn attack on January 2, a group of heavily- armed Pakistani terrorists, suspected to be belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, struck at the Air Force base in Punjab.

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    MyTake
    Jan 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm
    Any sensible nation does not put all its eggs on one basket for any issue. India should have multiple tracks with issues of terrorism. Addressing its internal chaos mongering also should be high on its agenda. In fact a strong, well informed and united India would be more than 3/4 way ahead in addressing the issue of not only within the border but also cross border mischief A peace loving stan should not have any reason to object to India taking following multiple track of it really means what it says.
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      MyTake
      Jan 7, 2016 at 6:36 pm
      High time for India to open a new route to address the issue of terrorism. Talk to international community with a offer that India will be willing to work with them which will help the international community save money and resources. Money saved by the international community can instead be spent on addressing the issue of education of girls children (which by itself can be another tool to address the issue of potion inflation that provids human resources for recruits for anti-social and terrorist activity in the society). A economically well placed society has no reason to give birth to people who would die for better life else where (Heaven)!
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        ams
        Jan 7, 2016 at 7:35 pm
        ROFL!! Like s are going to hand over the terrorists!!!
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          ams
          Jan 7, 2016 at 11:29 pm
          Well of course he has got "firm" deadline from Modi of 3 days. Means he will hand over the terrorist bosses to India within three days as our beloved dear Lord sri sri sri Modi ji has said. Bhakts are MORONS!!!
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            Kaliyug
            Jan 7, 2016 at 9:52 pm
            Nawaz Shariff placed his chair on top of the table and sat conducting a high level meeting, with everyone who is NOT someone with authority. The ISI is not listening to Nawaz, he is only a figurehead, his own position is shaky with so many hard core Talibans from the stani armed forces; Islam is not democratic so no Islamic government can be democratic.
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