PM Modi visits attacked Indian air base near Pakistan

By AFP
Published: January 9, 2016
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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Pathankot air force base Saturday to carry out a firsthand assessment of the situation one week after a militant attack left seven soldiers dead, Press Trust of India reported.

The premier flew to the base in northern Punjab state to conduct an aerial survey of the area near the Pakistan border, following the strike by gunmen whom officials suspect belonged to the banned Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

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It follows criticism from the opposition Congress party of the apparent security lapse that allowed the militants to infiltrate the strategically important base.

Security forces on Friday said they had finally sanitised the sprawling installation after a lengthy search operation, PTI said.

Modi called on Pakistan earlier in the week to take action against those behind the attack and said Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had given assurances that his government would take “prompt and decisive action”.

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The attack on Pathankot came just days after a landmark visit to Pakistan by the Indian premier raised hopes of improved relations.

Jaish-e-Mohammed staged a 2001 attack on the Indian parliament which brought the two countries to the brink of war.

The Pathankot attack coincided with a 25-hour siege near an Indian consulate in Afghanistan that left at least one policeman dead and 11 others wounded.

Reader Comments (5)

  • NHA
    Jan 9, 2016 - 3:09PM

    While investigations continue, both India and Pak must pick up courage and launch the talks & vigorously pursue resolution of conflicts. Recommend

  • Human
    Jan 9, 2016 - 6:47PM

    Chankiya followers of extreme right wing India must realise that if India does not stop terrorism in FATA and Baluchistan, it can forget about talks, TAPI, trade and Afghanistan. That price India just cannot pay. These false flag ops won’t help their cause any more.
    Sit tight and watch friends. Nobody is going to run away from talks with Pakistan. :)Recommend

  • kkm
    Jan 9, 2016 - 9:35PM

    @Human:
    U are living in chanakya secured land must respect ur forefathers first. If india support insurgency in FATA then u will not be able to reclaim ur pakistan 1971 story will repeat if pakistan don’t understand this it is preparing for itRecommend

  • hellboy
    Jan 9, 2016 - 11:02PM

    @Human: First learn about Chanakya .how he united all kingdom fighting among themselves and halted the world conquer Alexander in the land what you call now is Pakistan. Recommend

  • NHA
    Jan 10, 2016 - 10:30AM

    @hellboy:
    Chanakya may have done what you claim. But this is 21st entury. Play the sport as per prevelant rules. History did not freez at Chanaky and will mot stop now.

    India is already left behind large nations . Think of reasons ……………………Recommend

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