Pathankot attack: Pakistan orders probe & raids, peace talks may get delayed as Delhi waits

The arrests led Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to order a Joint Investigation Team of IB, Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Federal Investigation Agency and Police to thoroughly probe the Pathankot attack links to Pakistan.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Islamabad | Updated: January 12, 2016 7:37 am
pathankot attack, pathankot, pathankot airbas attack, pakistan, pathankot arrest, nawaz sharif, latest news Pathankot terror attack: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has already said that a transparent investigation will be made and those involved will not be spared.

With National Security Advisor Ajit K Doval leaving for Paris late Monday night and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar in Male, New Delhi is likely to take a “political call” on the proposed Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan “in the next 48 hours”, government sources said. There is a possibility of the talks being postponed by “a few days or, at most, a few weeks”, a source added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the formation of a high-profile joint investigation team (JIT) to get more information about the Pathankot airbase attackers, a media report said Monday.

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Pakistani authorities also carried out raids in in Gujranwala, Jhelum and Bahawalpur districts, during which an unspecified number of people were arrested, intelligence officials said. The raids, sources said, were seen as “positive signs” by the Indian establishment.

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However, reports in the Pakistani media claiming that phone numbers used by Pakistani handlers were “unregistered” were met with disbelief in New Delhi. “According to our information, Pakistan’s telecom rules do not allow phone numbers to be activated till biometrics are captured. How is it possible that the numbers are unregistered?” said a source.

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Government sources said the “assessment” of the action being taken by Pakistan will be done by the security establishment — under NSA’s watch — before a call is taken on whether or not Jaishankar travels to Islamabad on January 15.

“The leads were shared by the NSA and the security agencies are best equipped to assess the progress made by the Pakistan’s establishment in their investigations. So, by Wednesday, a call will be taken on the Foreign Secretary-level talks,” said a source.

Doval is going to France as part of preparations ahead of French President Francois Hollande’s visit to India for the Republic Day celebrations. Jaishankar went to Maldives on Monday and will be headed to Colombo on Tuesday, before returning to Delhi on Wednesday.

“It is likely that there will be a conference call between top officials and the political leadership on Tuesday or Wednesday to decide on the future course of action,” an official tasked with preparatory work for the Foreign Secretary-level talks told The Indian Express.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, meanwhile, met Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday afternoon — a meeting described by officials as “routine”.

In Islamabad, the decision to form the JIT, comprising officials from the Intelligence Bureau, Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence, was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Sharif recently, Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune said.

Sharif “is taking an active role in getting to the bottom of the Pathankot incident”, a source from the Prime Minister’s House was quoted as saying by the paper.

“He also discussed the issue with Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and took him on board about the decision to form a JIT,” the source added.

“This investigation will be a major test of the prime minister to move Pakistan-India relationship forward and to break the cycle of off-again on-again talks between the two neighbours,” the source said.

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First Published on: January 12, 2016 3:00 am
  1. P
    Jan 11, 2016 at 10:16 am
    What a drama. stan trying to fool India and there is every chance that India will get fooled.
    1. T
      Jan 12, 2016 at 3:44 am
      This is an unprecedented step teken by both Prime Ministers to move forward to signing a long-lasting peace/ BUT THERE ARE NEGATIVE FORCES TO TWART THIS EFFORT, BOTH IN INDIA (LIKE IYER) AND IN STAN (TERRORISTS). BOTH THE COUNTRIES SHOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH THE TAKS. IF THEY DO NOT DO SO, IT MEANS THEY ARE GIVING A CHANCE FOR THE NEGATIVE FORCES TO WIN. So they should move forward with the talks.
      1. S
        Someone Who
        Jan 12, 2016 at 1:02 am
        for Tat? What has India done in retaliation, ever? Maybe, now is the time for that.
        1. A
          Jan 12, 2016 at 1:29 am
          many things r not in public domain...
          1. V
            Virendra Sason
            Jan 11, 2016 at 11:35 am
            अशोक का तक्षिला एपिसोड देखे और पाक के लोगो की नौटंकी जाने। अभी तक क्या कोई फर्क आया है ? फर्क यह कि वहां के अत्याचारी अब, वहां और भारत सीमा में अत्याचार कर रहे है।
            1. R
              Jan 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm
              There's no need for any so call JIT, simply arrent the ISI chief.
              1. K
                Jan 11, 2016 at 10:16 pm
                Jaishankar the Mallu is a most ineffective public servant. He just has no toughness expected of a person holding the position. Being a Mallu, he will keep on talking for hours, but not scrutinise the other parties. It would be in India's interest to get rid of Jaishankar the Mallu from that role, and put someone more effective.
                1. G
                  Gruham Bendakaluru
                  Jan 11, 2016 at 11:01 am
                  A good start...if they are serious about it! Continued cooperation between two countries will not only be mutually beneficial to both in anti terror actions, but also in economic and social areas.
                  1. S
                    Jan 11, 2016 at 12:29 pm
                    1. J
                      Jagdish Saigal
                      Jan 12, 2016 at 3:07 am
                      Hope resumed dialogue moves forward as scheduled. Peace and development in South Asia is at stake.
                      1. K
                        KP Pillai
                        Jan 11, 2016 at 12:05 pm
                        Indian should observe patience and opposition political parties, please bear in mind that national interest is greater than your commercial politics. Nawaz Sharif is indeed serious to investigate the matter as he feel seriously that the discussion he started with Narendra Modi and pacing well should not go wasted. He has better intention and seriously feel that the country's interest in greater than anything else. Unlike in the past, there used to come out a denial and complete ruling out the possibility of anyone from stan involved. But this time it did not happen and it seems the Pak PM do feel the pain India feels. And it is a fact that India never said, stan did this. India points out at individuals or banned terrorist organization. All these are showing positive changes happened to both countries and the huge success of the discussion the PMs have had in the recent past since Modi came to power and also Modi's personal rapport with his neighbour, who are always termed as arch rival; but slowly moving towards the friendship sector. As I said above, Opposition parties, please do not douse oil into fire; just support the good efforts of the PM and the Govt. People will thank you for it and the Pak people will definitely acknowledge that Indians are matured neighbours.
                        1. M
                          madan gupta
                          Jan 12, 2016 at 2:23 am
                          पकिस्तान पर विश्वास मत करो. यह डंडे का पीर है. जैसे अमेरिका ने लादेन को मारा वैसे कोई रास्ता निकालो.
                          1. M
                            Jan 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm
                            Its high time that these scamgressi slaves of looterri mattajji sonniya and her gang of scamgressi slave looterras like land maffios virbhadra sink,haris rawwat,gahhlot,hooda etc. along with their mentors in isi like sibby,doggy ,khurshid etc. are kikked in tihhar immediately for their non stop swindelling activities along with their loot guru robberr uncle which has led to ultimate -devastation of economy of our country!
                            1. M
                              Me Marathi
                              Jan 11, 2016 at 11:44 am
                              India should help pukistan in air strikes , like US and allied forces are doing in Syria. Rabid terrorists like masood azhar , hafeez saeed , abdul rauf asghar , lakhvi, sa huddin, ibrahim athar, mistri ibrahim, shahid akhtar sa, abdul razza, tunda , dawood , shakeel, tiger and ayub memon etc should be given instant jannat.
                              1. M
                                Jan 12, 2016 at 11:32 am
                                Being a Karunakaran you are so STUPID!!
                                1. N
                                  Jan 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm
                                  The parties included to spearhead the investigation lack credibility, since it the IS and the military effectively are in control and are inclusive with terror. Therefore, in fairness and transparency, the India Military intelligence must be included in the team. I dare Sharif .....
                                  1. R
                                    Ramesh Nittoor
                                    Jan 12, 2016 at 3:15 am
                                    आतंक नापाक हैं। एक वतन की परिभाशा को किसी असामाजिक टुकडी से नहीं जुडाइये। वहाँ भी माँ, बहन हैं। उनकी लाचारी को ना भुलाइये। जिन्हे बहुमत मिला हैं वे मितृता चाहते हैं। जो यह यज्ञ भगं करते हैं उनसे ना घबराइये।
                                    1. D
                                      Jan 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                                      When India talks peace with stan they think we are s. Look at the behavior of Azar, he admits it indirectly. If parliament attack was not a reason for war then what else. And since we did not retaliate, here we have Pathankot, and soon their will be another. They want heaven, please give it to them.
                                      1. S
                                        Jan 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm
                                        India nbeeds to hit stan continously since it is doing the same to India. India has been focussed on development but stan can be hit very seriously again and again if India bends its mind to this issue. India can use its brilliance in cyber warfare as well as counter terrorism. And send in suicide squads by the thousands....and pay those people well to hit stan where it hurts most and all anti- india elements.
                                        1. V
                                          Vinod Vinayak
                                          Jan 12, 2016 at 4:09 am
                                          Indian army is short of 18000 officer rank personal. can you do something about it.
                                          1. V
                                            Vinod Vinayak
                                            Jan 12, 2016 at 4:32 am
                                            prokistant will never make peace with India. porkistan was created by land lords of UP and Bihar for land lords of UP and Bihar for a gestation period so that these land lords are in the position of taking over the w of India and with it the potion of Hindus either as a slave or kill them to destroy Hindu's culture, wealth, women. the muslims staying in India took on the task of destabilizing India from within in wait for the invasion from both western and eastern borders of present time India. the numerous outbreaks of riots by muslims and other atrocities are ample examples. most recent one is the attack on Hindus by the muslims in tonk in Rajasthan, Bengaloro, malda in WB, purnea in Bihar. the first leg of this design is complete in Kashmir valley where there is no Hindu left. best of luck Hindus. see you in foreign countries.
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