Pakistan pledges to cooperate with Indian attack investigation

Published: January 8, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday reiterated its commitment to cooperate with India on Pathankot terror attack in a bid to completely eradicate the menace of terrorism from the region.

The decision was taken after the country’s top civil and military leadership held a meeting under the chair of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad to review the regional situation.

Pathankot air base attack: Pakistan working on Indian ‘leads’

While the meeting expressed Pakistan’s condemnation of the January 2 terror incident at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot, it also reviewed progress made on the information shared with Islamabad by the Indian government, sources told The Express Tribune.

Further, it was decided in the meeting that constant contact should be maintained with the Indian government in this regard. The meeting expressed the confidence that building on the goodwill, generated by the recent high-level contacts, the two countries would remain committed to a sustained, meaningful and comprehensive dialogue process.

Meanwhile, the meeting affirmed Pakistan’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations while noting with satisfaction that the country’s counter-terrorism campaign had made significant gains and the entire leadership and institutions are working in complete harmony against terrorism and extremism.

Pathankot base assault: India warns of calling off talks

The participants of the meeting said that the people of Pakistan have evolved a political consensus for action against terrorists and terror outfits without any distinction, and have resolved that no terrorist would be allowed to use the country’s soil for carrying out terror activities anywhere in the world.

Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (retd) Nasir Janjua, DG Inter-Services Intelligence Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar, foreign secretary and DG military operations attended the meeting.

Soon after the IAF base attack, Pakistan said it is working on the ‘leads’ provided by the Indian government about attack in a significant move that may help keep the fragile thaw in frosty relations between the two neighbours intact.

Pakistan to decide pace of Pathankot attack investigation: US

Relations between the two countries recently took a dramatic turnaround following a flurry of engagements, including a surprise visit by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lahore on December 25.

Reader Comments (20)

  • Feroz
    Jan 8, 2016 - 7:09PM

    Cooperation is the only forward to bring Peace and Prosperity to South Asia. The citizens of South Asia look forward to making economic progress and rapidly catching up with the rest of the world.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Jan 8, 2016 - 8:23PM

    Pakistan should act against terrorist group that attacked airbase in India. Pakistan should act against other terrorist groups like LeT. Merely making statements is just an eyewash. Recommend

  • Praful R Shah
    Jan 8, 2016 - 8:26PM

    Excellent, Saved both nation and Mr. Modi. This failure would caused failure of NDA,Recommend

  • sam ganguly
    Jan 8, 2016 - 9:31PM

    a welcome moveRecommend

  • Singh
    Jan 8, 2016 - 10:22PM

    @Praful R Shah: you relaxe nothing can cost mr modi.modi zindabadRecommend

  • Ali
    Jan 8, 2016 - 10:45PM

    As a Pakistani, i demand, wish and expect that if the Pathankot attacks have anything to do with the Pakistani soil, the perpetrators should be brought to justice on an immediate basis by our government and law enforcement agencies. We must not allow these people to hurt our neightbours, no matter who they are.Recommend

  • Smiling Buddha
    Jan 8, 2016 - 11:32PM

    I can see both side people wants peace , not only in tribune news comments section in all the news everyone wants peace on both side of the country , its the right time to resolve all issues peacefully.Recommend

  • Sid
    Jan 8, 2016 - 11:46PM

    This is a good move. We need to burry the scars of past and focus on eliminating common threat of terrorism in both nations. Our past hatred has given rise to these monsters killing innocent people on both sides of border. Many life and resources have been lost in past 68 years. It is hard but not impossible to rise above our past prejudices and work together. The time is now.
    India would do good if it helps Pakistan in investigation and not just expect them to do more. The target should be to co-operate and lend all help and not point fingers at the process. Judicial process in both our nations are very much driven by public sentiments. If you create right atmosphere public sentiments will encourage judicial investigation to do right thing, in hostile atmosphere even the judicial is under pressure by public sentiments who unwittingly side with extremists.
    It is responsibility of citizens and media as much as it is the responsibility of state to not succumb to tricks by extremists and build atmosphere free from prejudices and hatred. Recommend

  • curious2
    Jan 9, 2016 - 12:23AM

    If the Pakistan Establishment wasn’t involved in this attack then we might finally see some action. This attack not only cast a shadow on the Pakistan/India relations but it might endanger CPEC which would take money out of the pockets of both military and political big wigs.Recommend

  • pukhtun_pak1
    Jan 9, 2016 - 12:58AM

    I am tired of these actors whether they are state sponsored or not, whether they are state-sponsored and go rogue or not. I want Pakistan to be a normal country. Our agencies need to understand that this is the desire of majority of pakistanis. we need to treat all militants the same, whether they are against afghanistan, america, pakistan or india.

    cobras don’t make good pets and spawn more cobras. eventually, they bite our children.

    i am fatigued of the bites to the point where I don’t want others to suffer bites either.Recommend

  • Pacifica
    Jan 9, 2016 - 1:09AM

    Interesting to see that the Army Chief has equal importance as the Prime Minister. It would be unthinkable anywhere else. In most countries the PM or President would be only person at the head of the meeting.Recommend

  • Raj NYC
    Jan 9, 2016 - 2:29AM

    As bad, mindless and tragic this attack was, if Pakistan and India are able to use this as a test case to start coming together and start solving this, and other issues.

    If Germany, France and Britain, who fought and hated each for centuries can sit down and solve issues as civilized and mature countries, all the SAARC nations surely can, and can do better, for we are all from a common DNA and ethos of the most blessed part of Almighty’s creation.Recommend

  • Swamy
    Jan 9, 2016 - 2:48AM

    Till now..
    Storm in tea cup
    Henceforth
    Storm by the tea cup
    Loving itRecommend

  • V. C. Bhutani
    Jan 9, 2016 - 5:35AM

    Words are not a substitute for action. Pakistan needs to wind up its infrastructure of terrorism, e.g., terrorist training camps. When it has done so, it will be time to talk. Till then we should expect no progress in any field.
    Summit meetings do not resolve matters. Summit meetings should be held after matters have been tackled and resolved by officials on the ground. By themselves summit meetings cannot produce results.
    V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, 9 Jan 2016, 0605 ISTRecommend

  • Sanjay Sharma
    Jan 9, 2016 - 5:37AM

    @Sid:
    It is indeed the desire of the people of both nations to bury the hatchets of past and move forward. You’ve summed up it very well. The agreement of both the establishmens on going with peace initiatives sounds good for our common cause.Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Jan 9, 2016 - 6:32AM

    Good news – unfortunately Pakistan doesn’t have much credibility and often says the right thing but is short on action. Lets hope this is different.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jan 9, 2016 - 7:39AM

    @pacifica
    Now u know this…military is very strong at least importance of Army chief is equal to PM…in past Army Chiefs have thrown PM’s out PM office..Not any more….People wont let it anymoreRecommend

  • SKChadha
    Jan 9, 2016 - 8:06AM

    What Indian’s need is to know the daily progress of investigation in Pakistan. Hollow words have no meaning for us. Please advise us through media as to what actions so far taken on getting the lead on telephone connections, talks and other leads provided by India?Recommend

  • ajay kumar
    Jan 9, 2016 - 8:41AM

    harmony in relation & nil cross border terrorism.
    i wish may this dream come true.Recommend

  • Defiant
    Jan 9, 2016 - 10:44AM

    Another false flag from India.
    We Pakistanis demand NO FURTHER TALKS till India stops sponsoring terrorism in Baluchistan and FATA. Recommend

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