Pathankot attack: Pakistan to send special investigation team to India

Published: January 13, 2016
PM Nawaz Sharif chairing a high-level meeting to review the prevailing security situation at PM House on January 13, 2016. PHOTO: PID

PM Nawaz Sharif chairing a high-level meeting to review the prevailing security situation at PM House on January 13, 2016. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Wednesday it will send a special team to the Pathankot air base in India near the Pakistan border to investigate into last week’s deadly assault.

“Pakistan to send special investigation team to India for further investigation of terrorist attack,” a PM House statement read.

“In spirit of the cooperative approach, it was decided that in order to carry the process forward, additional information would be required, for which the government of Pakistan is considering to send a Special Investigation Team to Pathankot, in consultation with the government of India,” the statement said.

The committee formed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif comprises AIG Punjab CTD Rai Tahir, Director IB Lahore Azeem Arshad, AIG CTD K-P Salahuddin Khan, Director FIA, Lahore Usman Anwar, Brigadier Noman Saeed of the ISI, and Lt Col Irfan Mirza of the MI.

Pathankot attack probe: India confident of Pakistan’s assistance

The PM House confirmed several members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) group have been arrested following initial investigation into the Pathankot air base attack, together with the information provided by India.

“The offices of the organisation are also being traced and sealed and further investigations are underway,” the statement added.

PM Nawaz Sharif along with General Raheel Sharif arriving for a meeting to review the prevailing security situation at PM House on January 13, 2016. PHOTO: PID

The developments came during a high-level meeting chaired by the prime minister during which the current security situation came under discussion.

Army chief General Raheel Sharif, DG ISI, Lahore corps commander, ministers of interior and finance, Punjab chief minister and other senior civil, military and police officials were present during the meeting.

JIT to probe Pathankot attackers’ alleged Pakistan ties

The decision comes following initial investigation conducted in Pakistan.

“The meeting noted with satisfaction that as part of Pakistan’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from our soil and the expressed national resolve not to allow our territory to be used for acts of terrorism anywhere, considerable progress has been made in the investigations being carried out against terrorist elements reportedly linked to the Pathankot incident,” the statement added.

“The meeting reiterated that in line with our decision to counter and completely eliminate terrorism, Pakistan would remain engaged with India on this issue.”

India has expressed confidence Pakistan will deliver on its promise of investigating any alleged links to the Pathankot air base attack, saying Islamabad should be given more time.

Kerry urges Pakistan, India to continue talks despite Pathankot attack

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday urged Pakistan and India to continue talks despite the Pathankot attack. According to PM House, Kerry called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and expressed hope that the bilateral talks between Pakistan and Indian will continue despite the terrorists’ attempt to thwart it by attacking the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

Urging prime ministers of both the countries to play the leadership role to ensure the continuation of dialogues, Kerry said India-Pakistan talks are needed for the regional stability.

He also praised Nawaz’s leadership skills amid difficult times in the wake of recent Pathankot attack in India.

Earlier, New Delhi shared with Islamabad some evidence of the Pathankot attackers’ purported links to Pakistan. The evidence was said to have included some voice recordings and the cellular phone numbers of the attackers’ handlers which were allegedly traced to Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • AK
    Jan 13, 2016 - 2:33PM

    Welcome the move ….This time looks like things are really moving. Appreciate the measures taken this certainly boost the confidence and trust. India must reciprocate in same fashion.Recommend

  • vasan
    Jan 13, 2016 - 2:50PM

    Excellent work by Pakistan and NS. I hope they take this to the logical conclusion and punish the culpritsRecommend

  • Ex PTI
    Jan 13, 2016 - 3:00PM

    Very good development. India is our partner in peace. We need to develop this partnership and develop good and friendly relations based on mutual respect and regard. Keep up the good work. PTI please learn to coexist and be positively focused towards development. Please make a blue print map and plan of what you have done in KPK so far and whats your plan apart from dharna and manfi siasat. Please don’t make me regret my wasted vote given to you even more…..Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 13, 2016 - 3:27PM

    Time wasting drama, like after Mumbai attacks.Recommend

  • Umair Khalid
    Jan 13, 2016 - 3:27PM

    Excuse me Mr. Siyasat the comment you have posted, dragging PTI into, is irrelevant. Go and pot this dirty comment somewhere else. Cool. @Ex PTI: Recommend

  • Zia
    Jan 13, 2016 - 3:28PM

    Pakistan have to investigate the Indian airbase attack make me belief that Pakistan have to investigate the attack on assets that are going to be used against Pakistan in future. Recommend

  • Ch Allah Dad
    Jan 13, 2016 - 3:55PM

    @ Ex PTI
    We welcome ppl like you. One mistake is allowed by every human. Be careful of Dharna Khan in future.Recommend

  • Strategic death
    Jan 13, 2016 - 4:01PM

    Why couldnt the ISPR release this statement?Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Jan 13, 2016 - 4:30PM

    It very nice move by both sides investigating pathankot swoftly without no hurdle,and Pakistan is playing positive role to catch culprits of air base assult…And this is only the way that may play key role to resume sustaible ties between these two neighboring countries.Recommend

  • Salman Hussain
    Jan 13, 2016 - 6:04PM

    @Strategic death:
    Instead of criticizing we should appreciate it… FYI High Official meeting was held in PM House not in GHQ Rawalpindi… Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jan 13, 2016 - 7:11PM

    Do not waste time, arrest those involved, try them in court and do what needs to be done. If Pakistan fails to act, watch out there will be no next time.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jan 13, 2016 - 8:52PM

    Since when are Indians are entitled to say “no next time” an arrogant nation aren’t we? Recommend

  • Jan 13, 2016 - 9:08PM

    The best way forward would be to grant full powers to the armed forces in India. Let them run the country. We cant leave our doors open and expect that burglers, thieves and anti-social elements would not barge in. The problem is we do not know who is running Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ex PTI
    Jan 13, 2016 - 9:28PM

    I am all for friendship and partnership in peace. Its hopefully a different Pakistan and a different India. Lets not get wasted in the past as going by history Indian track record is not of a saint either a small snapshot, Mukhti Bahani 1966-1971, Agarala 1949-1950, Hyderabad 1948, Junagadh 1948, Pakhtoonishtan 1956-1976, Baluchistan 1972-1981 and then 2002-2013, Sindh (Jiey Sindh) 1976-1988…..only some Indian trained terrorist movements and blatant violations of our internationally recognised sovereign territory and borders. Just to highlight the saintly past role of Indian establishment if you want!
    In a nutshell both countries have a tainted past only difference is Pakistan is more recent. The approach is to move forward and have trust in each other.
    Threatening behaviour like yours has no place in this new understanding. Dealing with balloon thugs like you is well know to us. The majority of Indians are nice and want peace and so do we in Pakistan. Don’t take our desire for friendship and peace as our weakness.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 14, 2016 - 12:45AM

    “Pakistan to send special investigation team to India for further investigation of terrorist attack,” a PM House statement read.

    A good move by Sharifs who do not trust the Indian side and regard the whole affair a diversion by Modi, to postpone talks on Kashmir status.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Sunny
    Jan 14, 2016 - 1:33AM

    @Ex PTI: Too many conspiracy theories floating around in Pakistan, told by people like Zaid Hamid, Ahmed Qureshi etc. Blaming everything on India in not a solution to your problems.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 14, 2016 - 2:33AM

    Is Pakistan following the same old beaten track? Detaining the suspects, keeping them in 5 star hotel luxury and saying that they want to send their team to conduct investigations in sensitive areas like an air base? Will India allow Pakistan’s team to conduct investigations in its sensitive air bases?

    Hope that Pakistan is really sincere and serious this time. Recommend

  • gebde
    Jan 14, 2016 - 2:47AM

    Easier said than done.Recommend

  • someone
    Jan 14, 2016 - 4:42AM

    The biggest drama was APS Peshawar. Nothing beats that.Recommend

  • Usama
    Jan 14, 2016 - 3:23PM

    APS attack in Pakistan but we do not blame India. Whatever attack in India they blame on Pakistan every time. Grow up India something learn from us (Pakistan). We never blame on you. We investigate instead of blame, you blame instead of investigate. First investigate then blame. But we should not make this investigation team for you (India) because you don’t deserve it.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jan 14, 2016 - 3:35PM

    @Zubair: I am entitled because my forefathers land is occupied and won’t rest until it is liberated and is integrated into India. I have every right. There will not be a next time.Recommend

  • Ex PTI
    Jan 14, 2016 - 4:14PM

    @ Sunny:
    I was planning on replying but realise you are not only arrogant but more worryingly ignorant. Please use google to search what I have mentioned as areas where Indian establishment has a tainted role. As far as I know Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Quraishi (who ever he is..) lack the IQ to create google or write so many historic facts and articles. Please read before wasting my time and your time. Thankfully I know many Indians who are much more aware then you and realise + recognise the significance of this moment. Its time to move forward and be partners in peace and development.Recommend

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