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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    andy
    Jan 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm
    I LIKE HOW THESE S USE INDIA AS STUPID AND JACK
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      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.
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        Sundar BN
        Feb 4, 2016 at 6:09 am
        yeap, and maybe, pigs'll fly too
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          Kaliyug
          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.
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            dan
            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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              dan
              Jan 31, 2016 at 1:11 am
              I Can foresee the outcome of findings as the writing is on the wall. Pak soil was not used. It was Pak Occupied soil of Kashmir.
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                dv1936
                Jan 31, 2016 at 12:40 am
                Reminds me of the story of the and carrot.
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                  kulaputra kulaputra
                  Jan 30, 2016 at 11:30 pm
                  Give everyone a chance. You ask Kohli not to be emotional on cricket field but here everyone is spewing venom. Give the guy a chance. Do you think you have any options ? War mongering is not a real option as stan discovered in Kargil.
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                    Jan 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm
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                      Observer
                      Jan 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm
                      OFFER $1 BILLION EACH TO PM, ISI CHIEF AND ARMY CHIEF. THEN POK AND PAK WILL BE SOLD TO INDIA FORFEITING THEIR CLAIM AGAINST JandK AS WELL.
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                        rajan luthra
                        Jan 30, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                        The tenor of his language does reflect some firmness but will he be able to reach the logical conclusion depends upon his ability to carry the military establishment along. It appears that USA is also exercising some friendly pressure on both nations to pursue the talks and Modi might be more than willing to comply in view of his disposition towards trade and commerce
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                          David
                          Jan 30, 2016 at 10:48 pm
                          Stupid, Mr. Nawaz Sharief has no power. JEM is gem of ISI and stan army. India should figure how to hurt stan atmy and ISI, if necessary without a war. They are used to our weak response.
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                            K.S.Subramanian
                            Jan 31, 2016 at 2:01 am
                            Probe completed and all the culprits are Indians and no stani was involved -- Nawab Sharif as dictated by the Pak Army through Mush.
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                              Ramanasree
                              Jan 30, 2016 at 11:57 am
                              ................... and say nothing has happened from our side; and we continue to have retreats in the name of negotiations composite dialogue etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. .............. We have don like this in the past, we continue to do and we ure to continue in future also.
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                                Shafted mohammed
                                Jan 31, 2016 at 6:00 am
                                This w thing is a whitewash to save terrorists. They would say that there was one who came from stan and these were non state actors. This guy is neither nawaz and nor sharif and his boss is not a sharif and about his first name I suggest the viewers to make their judgement about Raheel.
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                                  Wake Up!
                                  Jan 31, 2016 at 3:47 am
                                  This is also right that Indian intelligence and Security Services always fail to provide concrete proof which indicate involvement of stan in any terror attacks on Indian soil. even Mumbai terror attack trail are ongoing in international Courts but fail to act against stan.
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                                    shapoor bomanjee
                                    Feb 1, 2016 at 3:15 am
                                    Everyone in India, except the politicians knows very well that the result will be, No proper evedence given to them Terrorists are non-state actors Court verdict will be, action cannot be taken against them as India lacked in providing proper evidence, hence the terrorists are freed under the stani laws. SICK.
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                                      Victor
                                      Feb 1, 2016 at 7:34 am
                                      Bad caption Indian Express. His statements are very strong and should have been highlighted based on the actual contents. He has made this kind of statement, in view of his better relations with the Indian PM; which you do not want to highlight !!! What a credible 'media dharma' !!!
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                                        Vinod Bablu
                                        Jan 31, 2016 at 4:13 am
                                        No need to wait for the probe results......after few weeks the statement will be..Those terrorists does not belong to our land and neither our land was used for this purpose...that's it ..total time waste...
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                                          Pandurang Vittalkar
                                          Feb 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm
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                                            Pandurang Vittalkar
                                            Feb 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                                            Abey choothiey, they clearly said that the SIM Card numbers are unregistered and have fake idenies. Every mobile number is supposed to be registered, but some unscrupulous mobile phone vendors sell unregistered sim cards (it happens even in India illegally). In such a case, there is no way any government will be able to trace the ideny of the sim card mobile owner. Your illogical argument is equivalent to essentially saying that If you suck your dyck and mazzturbate, divine magic will help stan trace the idenies of the mobile numbers !!?
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