Pathankot attack may pose challenge to dialogue process: Pak media

Urdu newspaper Jang reported that Indian officials in a typical kneejerk reaction blamed Pakistan for the attack.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: January 3, 2016 2:22 pm
pathankot attack, pakistani media, pathankot attack pakistan The Express Tribune said the attack was over but it posed a “challenge to attempts to resurrect a moribund dialogue process between the two neighbours”.

Pakistani media outlets today said the brazen attack by militants at a key Indian Air Force base will pose a “challenge to attempts to resurrect” the dialogue process between the two neighbours despite the goodwill generated by recent high-level meetings between their leaders.

On its front page lead ‘Gunmen mount brazen attack on Indian air force base’, the Express Tribune said the attack was over but it posed a “challenge to attempts to resurrect a moribund dialogue process between the two neighbours”.

The News International reported that the assault by gunmen came a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in an effort to revive bilateral talks.

“Previous attempts at dialogue between the nuclear-armed neighbours have been derailed by similar incidents but, as Pakistani authorities condemned the raid, experts suggested the latest negotiations would prove more durable,” it opined.

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Dawn said that immediate indications from India after the Pathankot incident suggested that the foreign secretaries’ talks would go ahead despite the setback, but the incident would impact the atmospherics.

“India expects to complete initial probe into the incident before the meeting and its position at the talks would depend a lot on what comes out of the investigation,” the paper said.

“The Foreign Office said it hoped to build on the goodwill generated by recent high-level contacts,” it added.

As print media mostly focused on the attack and its likely impact on the peace process, the electronic media was busy in a matching response to Indian TV channels trying to find Pakistan link to the attack.

Urdu language newspapers also gave wide coverage to the incident, while mostly focusing on the details of the attack and response by the Indian security forces. They also criticised accusation against Pakistan without investigations.

Influential Jang newspaper reported that Indian officials in a typical kneejerk reaction blamed Pakistan for the attack. Heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists yesterday attempted to storm the Air Force base in Pathankot, triggering a day-long gunbattle in which three security men and all the five infiltrators were killed.

Three other security men succumbed to injuries in a hospital later and one NSG member was killed while defusing the grenade at the scene of the terror attack, taking the toll of Indian security personnel to seven.

The attackers were believed to have infiltrated from Pakistan and there was speculation that they may belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad headed by Maulana Masood Azhar of the Kandahar hijack episode.

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    Sirius
    Jan 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm
    I think , the talks will happen, but little will move on ground. I think this suits both countries . However, there is a cost for this recent incident that somebody will have to pay ...
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      tyhj
      Jan 3, 2016 at 9:34 am
      A very Sincere suggestion to Mr Nawaz Sherif , Prime Minister of stan. Allow the Indian Army to Flush out Terrorist from your Land. Our Army can do it. You have admitted that controlling and Neutralising Terrorism is out of your Control. We can free you from the Devil which you have specially created to destroy India but in the process your Devil has grown more than you thought. Our PM Modi had made a great Statement during the General elections in the year 2014 and that is " Sab ka saat Sab Ka Vikas". Therefore take our Suggestion very Seriously as our Armed forces can not only Neutralize Terrorism but can ensure smooth process for Good Governance and Development for People of stan, which they are completely unaware. So Respected Sir all you have to is call up our PM Modi and ask for help to Neutralize Terrorism which was cherished and Nurtured by Respective government in your country.
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        Mano Butani
        Jan 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm
        If the situation is what you suggest it is then why did your prime opt to invite PM Modi for a meeting on his birthday. I hope that you would care to clarify
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          Mano Butani
          Jan 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm
          Modi bumped into the stani PM on the spur of the moment and it does appear that he had thorough awareness of the willingness of stan to make core changes that would be needed to produce positive dialogue on a peace progress. Discovery of the underlying intentions would have come about from the ensuing discussions but now this attack reveals that not much has really changed and this renewed attempt could be just another damp squib. Happy new year everybody.
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            Sallu
            Jan 4, 2016 at 5:24 am
            If you think indian army can defuse and neutralize terrorism in stan why could not you stop the attack on Pathankot even having strong intelligence of attack on said base. Dear it is not very simple, stop aiding financially and morally to Baluchistan liberation terrorist and stop avoiding meaningful dialogue and you will definitely get stani support against those banned organization. India is doing in Afghanistan exactly what stan did there in 1979 to 1989, i.e; helping to uprise monsters (and ofcourse as opposed to Taliban) rivals of Taliban to counter stan in Afghanistan that will yield in definite unrest in India. hope you got my point
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              S.Kiyanoosh, USA
              Jan 3, 2016 at 3:58 pm
              Who else to blame ? Other than some terrorist elements inside stan .
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                Vns
                Jan 3, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                Is this newspaper Indian Express or stan Express? Communist Editors are undermining India by publishing such one sided news.
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                  Augustus
                  Jan 3, 2016 at 11:44 am
                  No this attack will not pose a challenge to the talks, BJP has committed yesterday that one attack will not derail the talks and the goodwill has to be maintained between the leaders, so please plan for further mive aults, stan has now even the support of RSS who wants to have cordial relations with stan at the cost of common man who elected the slaves of the British
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