Pathankot attack: US 'expects' Pakistan to act against India attackers

Published: January 5, 2016
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby. PHOTO: DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby. PHOTO: DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

The United States on Tuesday said it ‘expects’ Pakistan to act against Indian air base attackers and target militant groups.

As Indian security forces continued combing through the sprawling air force base in Pathankot, a Kashmir-based coalition of militant groups the United Jihad Council (UJC) on Monday claimed responsibility for the brazen attack, which is seen as an attempt to derail relations between Pakistan and India.

Pathankot assault: Kashmir-based group claims air base attack

“The government of Pakistan has spoken very powerfully on this and it’s our expectation that they’ll treat this exactly the way they’ve said they would. We have been clear with the highest levels of the government of Pakistan that it must continue to target all militant groups,” the state department’s John Kirby said.

Three days on from an assault that killed seven military personnel and wounded 22, five attackers have also been eliminated, but one attacker remained in the complex.

Pakistan working on Indian ‘leads’

A statement by the Foreign Office said that Pakistan is working on the ‘leads’ provided by the Indian government about the Pathankot air base attack in a significant move that may help keep the fragile thaw in frosty relations between the two neighbours intact.

“In line with Pakistan’s commitment to effectively counter and eradicate terrorism, the government is in touch with the Indian government and is working on the leads provided by it,” the statement said.

Pathankot attack: Indian mulls options on planned Pakistan talks

The statement came hours after a Kashmiri separatists’ alliance, the UJC, claimed responsibility for the Pathankot attack, although the Indian media insists the attackers were members of the banned Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group.

Officially, India has not yet pointed finger at Pakistan. The National Security Guard (NSG), which leading the operation at the base, merely said it was a Fidayeen attack – which means the attackers knew they were going to their death. “These terrorists had come well prepared and were heavily armed” the NSG said in a short briefing.

This article originally appeared on BBC

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Jan 5, 2016 - 4:26PM

    Dear US it was false flag operation, Pakistan has nothing to do with it!Recommend

  • Appan
    Jan 5, 2016 - 4:29PM

    A welcome move by nawazbhai. Will be able to prevail upon Army and ISI let alone taking action against known terrorists in Pakistan.? Let us hope for the bestRecommend

  • Cynic Waheed
    Jan 5, 2016 - 4:31PM

    Daddy has come for India’s support. The more they budge in India-Pak relation the more it becomes clear its all a ploy! :p we Pakistanis have seen a lot of how US operates and they dont have the same leverage on Pakistan as they did before because most of Pakistani consider both India and US an enemey! This comments suggest they are right!

  • Irfan
    Jan 5, 2016 - 6:24PM

    Actually US is requesting us to send some SSG to clear pathankotRecommend

  • Suraj Parkash Tuteja
    Jan 5, 2016 - 7:19PM

    Though a welcome offer by Pakistan, to investigate leads provided by India, but the Sherrif Govt is much too powerless and all leads, as always in the past, shall be treated as insufficient and inconclusive.

    There is strong pressure on Modi Govt to not disrupt the talks, but postpone same till Pakistan tracks such terrorists, and hand them over to Govt of India, along with the two long time criminals roaming about in Pakistan, and one is still and openly spitting venom.

    Pakistan has already been given many chances to behave, but repeated attacks have created in India a strong public opinion getting on to end the stalemate one way after the other, even if has to be a nuclear confrontation. India will suffer, but Pakistan would be eliminated altogether. This aspect Pakistan must take into careful account, before threatening like a school children time and again for a nuclear war. Already India is being fleeced from the proxy war going on for last many scores of years, and economists suggest an end to this, than to keep on suffering huge financial burden and deploy funds away from developmental requirements. Every one wishes and hopes that almighty will give sense to Pakistan handlers to also think of better lives for Pakistan citizens, than to mindlessly treat India as an enemy

    Suraj Parkash TutejaRecommend

  • OMG
    Jan 6, 2016 - 5:06AM

    Why is Pakistan even getting involved?! Kashmir freedom fighters claimed responsibility what does it have to do with Pak? We have enough to deal with at home. Recommend

  • Paaji
    Jan 6, 2016 - 10:59PM

    The welcome offer by Mian Modi Sharif is 2end by US.Recommend

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