Pathankot attack: Indian mulls options on planned Pakistan talks

Published: January 4, 2016
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: Fate of the talks between the foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India, scheduled for January 15, is in danger of being scrapped and a decision in this regard would be taken after the operation to clear Indian Air Force (IAF) base is completed, senior sources in Indian government said.

The move comes after six militants stormed the IAF base in Pathankot on Saturday. Five attackers have been killed so far; while combing operation is still going on to clear the base.

There are indications from the Indian side that the talks between foreign secretaries would be rescheduled and national security advisers of the two countries would meet first to discuss the Pathankot incident.

Another militant killed at Indian air base on day two of shootout

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley, who attended a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), said the government wanted to capture as many militants alive as possible, which is why the operation is taking so long. He added that it would be premature to comment on anything as the operation was still going on.

United Jihad Council, an umbrella group of militant groups fighting in Indian Kashmir, in its alleged statements sent to Srinagar newspapers on Monday reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.“Indian government and media have been suffering from Pakistan phobia. By accusing Pakistan for every attack, India neither succeeded in past to malign the Kashmir freedom struggle nor will it get anything in future through malicious propaganda,” the UJC spokesperson said.

India works to disarm explosive in final stages of air base operation

Refuting the UJC’s claim, Indian government termed it a ploy to divert attention from real conspirators.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with top officials including national security advisor Ajit Doval and foreign secretary S Jaishankar to discuss the incident.

In a parallel operation, Indian authorities claimed to have arrested three men with explosive material from Mohali. However, it is still unclear whether these men were drug smugglers or had any role in the Pathankot attack.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Peace Lover
    Jan 4, 2016 - 4:34PM

    And finally terrorists are succeeding their mission to halt peace process. India should think wisely and fails the mission of terrorists by continuing the talks with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2016 - 4:36PM

    Very much expected! This is the only reason they carried out this false flag operation..Recommend

  • Point
    Jan 4, 2016 - 4:46PM

    After day 1 when Indian army finished it’s drama. BJP govt. still said they will continue talks. Hence the next morning Indian army, media with help of Afghan spy agency conducted a serious of more serious things to make BJP change it’s mind.

    If not then Indian army must be questioned as of why they said everything was clear on day 1 until BJP govt said they will still continue talks with Pakistan!! and kaboom!!Recommend

  • Abcd
    Jan 4, 2016 - 5:19PM

    Well this is the last chance for Pakistan.. Talks thwarted here will create a long gap.I think Pakistan should punish the perpetrators if they are proven to Pakistani citizens.Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Jan 4, 2016 - 5:25PM

    It would be totally stupid of both countries to let the terrorists succeed in disrupting the rapprochement processRecommend

  • No_TALKS
    Jan 4, 2016 - 5:44PM

    No talks please !!
    India should keep arming herself. Anti-Ballistic missiles and latest jets. Let time do the work. Recommend

  • Asian
    Jan 4, 2016 - 6:27PM

    Our Afghan brothers warned us that talks with Pakistan is futile. They have tried it for 10 years. Pakistan talks through both sides of the mouth. Let us see what India does.Recommend

  • Neutral
    Jan 4, 2016 - 6:46PM

    Same old story. Episode 101. Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jan 4, 2016 - 7:04PM

    And thats what Pakistan wanted… I dont think its good idea for India to stop the dialogue.. Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jan 4, 2016 - 7:08PM

    @Point:
    No one will buy your theory in India.. It may works only in your area.. Recommend

  • Shakeel
    Jan 4, 2016 - 7:16PM

    There are no options other than to solve the Kashmir issue in accordance to the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Once there is peace in Kashmir, then there will be peace in India too. If you stop the talks, the militants win in driving the agenda. If you become aggresive towards Pakistan, you risk nuclear war. Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2016 - 7:52PM

    India Pakistan should continue talks.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 4, 2016 - 8:21PM

    @Malatesh:
    Very true. It works the same way for Indian theories in Pakistan. Nobody buys them either. Unfortunately this is why every effort at peace comes to a halt.Recommend

  • Waseem
    Jan 4, 2016 - 8:27PM

    @Abcd:
    I do not really know who did that, as there is just a trend.
    But We know for sure, that India has higher than 8 ft highly barbed border fence, with flood lights,and Kashmiri’s even their peak of strength were not able to do any attach on a military installation outside occupied valley. And, what more adds to the drama that authorities were fully aware of the chance and target of this attack.
    I remember, when Samjhota express and Makki Masjid were bombed in India, they pointed fingers at Pakistan in the first instance, but this led to their own home grown terrorists,and Hemnet Kurkre is dead !!!!!! Recommend

  • Marco
    Jan 4, 2016 - 8:30PM

    @Point: Buddy… Indian Army works under the control of Indian Political Leadership. It is easy to understand why you’d come up with such theories… This happens a lot in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn
    Jan 4, 2016 - 9:08PM

    India will and must respond to this in its own way. If the Pakistani military establishment does not want to stop the proxy war with India, India has the resources & means to respond with 10 times more aggressiveness. Pakistan is not the only one who can use “Non state actors”.Recommend

  • Uday
    Jan 4, 2016 - 9:16PM

    @Shakeel:
    Of course there is a better option. The status quo which is the only way for peace and the entire world knows that – though some madrasa trained illiterates across the border has occasional hallucinations of Shariat laws and Saudi way of life. You can bet they will be disappointed till they leave this world.Recommend

  • JSM
    Jan 4, 2016 - 9:57PM

    @Shakeel:
    And where would Pakistan be after the nuclear war?Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jan 4, 2016 - 9:59PM

    UJC is trying to take credit for actions by the Pakistani militaryRecommend

  • Anil Desai
    Jan 4, 2016 - 10:00PM

    @Point:
    I hope you would have said the same things when little children’s were killed in the Peshawar attack.Go and test your brain..u neeed psychiatrists help.Recommend

  • abhi
    Jan 4, 2016 - 10:16PM

    @ Shakeel: “There are no options other than to solve the Kashmir issue in accordance to the wishes of the Kashmiri people.” your parents & grandparents died singing this tune and see what state your nation is into.what legacy they have left for you. what image you have in the world.
    The way you are treating your ahmedi’s, your sindhis, your karachi, your SWAT, your KPK guys and poor Baluchistanis, Allah can’t be so merciless to give you Kashmir.
    Bangladeshis got rid off you and are in a much better position today and progressing very fast.

    Either you guys are brainwashed since your birth to sing this parrot song so your mullahs n military can always use you as garbage bin and use your boiled up emotions for their self interests or you all have decided to speak untruth believing someday it will turn into truth.

    lastly we in INDIA are not afraid of any sort of war as we have always been with truth. Recommend

  • Lunch Box
    Jan 4, 2016 - 10:39PM

    @Malatesh:
    because Indians have been thoroughly brainwashed by their hawkish media. A narrative has been purposely built over the years to drag issues to fulfill hidden agendas. You won’t realize it but others looking from outside can clearly see it. No one is completely innocent and no one is completely fiend. But this is the black and white narrative that India has built.Recommend

  • Peace Pujari
    Jan 4, 2016 - 10:42PM

    Yeah, yeah pull out of talks. This is what was expected when Modi was criticised severely after his visit to Pakistan on 25 Dec in India.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn
    Jan 4, 2016 - 10:44PM

    @Point: So whenever there’s a terror attack in India its “drama” but when there’s an attack in Pakistan its genuine? Did you see any Indian saying that the Peshawar attacks in which children were killed was a drama by Pakistan? Have some shame & respect for the people who died in these attacks even though I’m sure its very difficult for you to do so since they were Indian. Recommend

  • Jaggu
    Jan 5, 2016 - 1:02AM

    @Tommy Gunn:
    144 children massacred in APS. How many civilians have been killed in Pathankot? What damage to the base or to the aeroplanes/ technical assests incurred? Please do ans.Recommend

  • mo
    Jan 5, 2016 - 1:20AM

    can any of you logically explain this operation? Being in the military i know how long it takes to completely evacuate and conduct a search operation at an entire base and it is not 3 days!!! The interviews of the locals in the area are on record that they were told to close their shops well before this thing began. There was a high alert in the area but the militants got inside the base? so either the indian airforce needs to reevaluate its high alert mechanisms. Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jan 5, 2016 - 2:36AM

    @Peace Lover: Absolutely. Pindi is furious that PM Nawaz Sharif along with PM Modi hijacked the entire peace narrative from under their noses. They have set a pace which has let to an immediate lowering of tensions, something that the boys in Pindi built up with such pains over a period of time.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jan 5, 2016 - 3:25AM

    Talks must go on this is only peace option otherwise terrorist will successful on their agenda
    Talks must go on plzRecommend

  • Kolsat
    Jan 5, 2016 - 3:53AM

    @Abcd: And sooner the better.Recommend

  • Agile
    Jan 5, 2016 - 6:05AM

    Pakistanis have reached lowest level of moral degradation. Conspiracy can easily convince them.They can mock anyone on any nonsense ground. Lies abound.India bashing for them is patriotismRecommend

  • Jan 5, 2016 - 12:16PM

    India Pakistan…. Like peoples of same family from a same home.।।

    And fighting like real brothers…

    British and American enjoying their game plan..

    Our genes tell us reality not our religion Recommend

  • ramdar
    Jan 5, 2016 - 11:42PM

    @Jaggu:
    ”144 children massacred in APS. How many civilians have been killed in Pathankot? What damage to the base or to the aeroplanes/ technical assests incurred? Please do ans.” is a very childish comment.
    An airbase is much better protected against terrorist attack than a school. Also there was some intelligence received just before Pathankot attack, which helped to restrict damage.
    In India too, there have been terrorist attacks on civilian areas, hundreds of innocents civilians were killed in Mumbai by terrorists whose origins are well established.
    In Pakistan too there have been terrorist attacks on military establishments where not many civilians were killed.Recommend

  • Jaggu
    Jan 6, 2016 - 1:02AM

    @ramdar:
    but you are forgetting huge loss of assets were incurred in every base attack. That’s the biggest difference between these dumbo terrorists attack and the ones that happened in Pakistan. Each and everyone of them were deadly, not a phus phusa one like Pathankot.Recommend

  • ramdar
    Jan 6, 2016 - 12:03PM

    @Jaggu:
    You missed my point ”.. there was some intelligence received just before Pathankot attack” which helped India to secure assets. Moreover, it is logistically easier to attack in own country than in a foreign land.Recommend

  • Guru Prasad
    Jan 8, 2016 - 9:31AM

    India Will never give upRecommend

  • Bodlin
    Jan 10, 2016 - 5:51AM

    @Guru Prasad:
    Then suit yourself. Enjoy!Recommend

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