Will complete Pathankot attack probe, find out if Pak soil was used: Nawaz Sharif

Pak Prime Minister’s remarks reflect frustration, intention to improve ties, say Indian officials

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: January 31, 2016 4:11 am
pathankot attack, Nawaz Sharif Pathankot, Pathankot attack sharif, Pakistan, pathankot Pakistan probe, pathankot air base attack, India Pakistan talks, India Pakistan pathankot attack, Pakistan news, india news, latest news Nawaz Sharif vowed that Pakistan would go to any length to uncover the alleged use of its soil in the January 2 attack on the air base in Pathankot by suspected JeM terrorists.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that his government will go to any lengths to uncover the alleged use of its soil in the January 2 attack on the air base in Pathankot by suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists.

This is the clearest signal yet from Pakistan of its intention to investigate the attack, with the bilateral foreign secretary-level talks on hold over the past fortnight. The two sides are yet to exchange dates, according to Indian and Pakistani officials, although they intend to hold the meeting in the “very near future”.

“It is our responsibility to uncover if our soil was used in the attack. We will do this and the ongoing investigations will soon be completed,” Sharif told reporters in Lahore on Saturday. The terrorists were being defeated and carrying out isolated acts in desperation to make their presence felt, he said, adding that the remaining militants will also be eliminated.

The Pathankot attack had a “negative impact” on the talks with India which were “going in the right direction” after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, said Sharif.

In Delhi, Sharif’s comments were perceived positively and as an acknowledgement that the Pakistan Prime Minister’s hands were tied due to domestic pressures.

Officials said that while Sharif’s comments reflected his intention to improve bilateral relations, they also betray “a sense of frustration” since the talks were derailed by the attack.

“The investigation into the Pathankot incident is underway and we will make its findings public soon. Whatever facts come out, we will bring them before everyone,” said Sharif.

According to Indian officials, this is a clear indication that Sharif wants to get to the bottom of the attack. “The question is whether the Pakistan Army-ISI combination will let him do what he intends to do?” a source said in New Delhi.

In Pakistan, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said none of the “suspects” arrested in connection with the attack have been charged. “The investigation team is probing the matter and its findings will be made public,” Sanaullah told reporters.

Asked about JeM’s role in the attack, Sanaullah said: “The investigation team is also probing this.”

Sharif had formed a six-member committee to investigate the attack in which seven security personnel were killed.
Sources said National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has been in touch with his Pakistan counterpart, Nasser Khan Janjua, and information on the probe’s progress is being exchanged on the “NSA track”.

(With PTI in Lahore)

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  1. A
    Jan 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm
    1. Sundar BN
      Jan 31, 2016 at 3:39 am
      No no no ! Pak soil was NOT used. Not at all ! Pak grenades and arms were used but how could anyone accuse Pak of masterminding the attack ?! After all, Pak is , condttutionaly averse to terrorism, war and infiltration. Pak is the Jannat where doves and angels of peace come to roost ! Nope, not Pak : it's conscience is pure as driven snow. It is us. It is ours. Not they . We infiltrated the Air Base. We killed the druver. We got our Lt. Col. get himself blown up. We attacked the people in the mess and killed some. We occupied the ground floor apt and let loose some explosion s. We are good st this : attacking ourselves for, we're too scared to attack anyone else. And, because we're such deceitful people, we accuse all and sundry. Pak soil was not used. The Pak no. mentioned by NIA anyway, does NOT exist. See, we are that shoddy in our ploys. Don't go after JeM and waste your time. Don't go after anyone in Pak. Just tell dilli, there is no proof. Say it right now and save our foolish people in dilli from some egg in their face by saying that this is the most promising reaction from Pak. They are, unaware of Pak skills in leading them on. They are innocent. Just say that, we did it all by ourselves and be done with. Let nor anyone sully the pristine pure name of Pak soil for, the Mufti and Andrabi will be upset.
      1. Sundar BN
        Feb 4, 2016 at 6:09 am
        yeap, and maybe, pigs'll fly too
        1. K
          Jan 30, 2016 at 4:31 pm
          Taking responsibility and completing a probe are both different, I do not understand what India wants from stan. If it is not cessation of terrorism then it is all futile.
          1. D
            Jan 31, 2016 at 1:11 am
            I Can foresee the findings as the writing is on the wall. Pak soil was not used. It was Pak Occupied soil of Kashmir.
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