Pakistan tells US that India attack probe will ‘bring out the truth’

India has called on Islamabad to take "prompt and decisive" action against militants it blames for the assault, which only ended after a four-day operation to secure the base.

By: Reuters | Islamabad | Updated: January 10, 2016 9:21 pm
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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry his country is swiftly investigating who was behind last week’s attack on an Indian air force base, and that it would “bring out the truth”.

The assault on the base near the Pakistan border has thrown into doubt diplomatic talks planned for later this month between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Kerry, speaking to Sharif by telephone, said he hoped the attack would not derail the talks that he said were in the interests of regional security, according to a statement from the Pakistani prime minister’s office late on Saturday.

“The Prime Minister told Secretary Kerry that we are swiftly carrying out investigations in a transparent manner and will bring out the truth,” it said. “The world will see our effectiveness and sincerity in this regard.”

A meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan had been scheduled for Jan. 15, but it is unclear if it will still happen, after six militants launched an assault on Jan. 2 against the base and killed seven security personnel.

India has called on Islamabad to take “prompt and decisive” action against militants it blames for the assault, which only ended after a four-day operation to secure the base.

New Delhi has long accused Islamabad of supporting militant groups and helping them to launch attacks inside India, an accusation Pakistan rejects.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the base, at Pathankot in the northern state of Punjab, where he was briefed on how security forces had responded to end the attack.

It remains unclear how the attackers infiltrated the fortified base, which has a 24-km (15-mile) perimeter surrounded by a 3-metre (10-foot) wall topped with concertina wire.

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      MyTake
      Jan 10, 2016 at 11:00 pm
      India need to work on track two aligning itself with forces who are keen to root out terrorism in the region overtly or covertly and asking them to ign India a lead role. A joint collaboration is required which also can work as catalyst to any future meaningful talk. Plus actively working toward democratic rights of people in Pak itself is another area where India can work. Earlier stan used to say it is only giving moral support - now it is an open war in any one's language when attacking defence establishments! Last but not the least: thanks Congress for making things like this to happen by its long drawn anti-people policies.
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        Anil Pathak
        Jan 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm
        Either country to Act badly is the option.
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          Arun
          Jan 10, 2016 at 1:31 pm
          stan's external affairs are handled by experienced personnel. They know how to handle USA / what pleases USA.
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            Bir Chilarai
            Jan 11, 2016 at 3:48 am
            Hope the truth that comes out from stan is not "Hindu terrorists did it" or that "Kashmiri freedom fighters did it". The demand for more "concrete evidence" does not portend well. I will eat a raw samosa if any of the top terrorists--Dawood, Azhar, Lakhvi are sent to India for trial. Never trust a .
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              din
              Jan 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm
              AND LET us too in INDIA eradicate all such Terrorist groups, sympathizers, ISIS sleeper cell linked with stani and Middle Eastern Terrorists, Extremist nurtured in political parties for VOTE bank and to continue power creating communal disturbances at will, And fake politicians using their gender sympathy to mislead public.
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              Dipak
              Jan 11, 2016 at 3:47 am
              stanis are pathological liars. It's in their DNA. US is lying to us because KERRY is anti-Indian like Henry Kissinger.
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                dv1936
                Jan 10, 2016 at 11:14 am
                What kind of joke is this.
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