THE ball is in Nawaz Sharif’s court. India will decide its next course of peace diplomacy after seeing the action Pakistan takes on the evidence provided by India in the Pathankot airbase attack, a top official in the government has told The Indian Express.
When asked if the Foreign Secretary-level talks were on track after the attack, the official said: “Nobody can give an answer to it because nobody knows yet. As I said, it will depend on many things. Let us see what action Pakistan takes.”
Responding to criticism drawing a parallel between 26/11, the airbase attack and PM’s Lahore visit, the official said: “The Pathankot terror attack is a result of planning of many months and it doesn’t have anything to do with the Prime Minister’s Lahore visit.”
“We had prior information of it, this was the first success of the government’s intelligence department,” the official said. “Two, in the Mumbai attack we all know how NSG reached late and there was criticism of it. Here, NSG reached before the event. In the Mumbai attack, 166 people were killed. Here casualty was seven people. The Navy reached much later in Mumbai but the Army and Air force units reached in time. NSG handled things bravely and they saved hundreds of innocent who were inside the airbase.”