Pakistan to decide pace of Pathankot attack investigation: US

Published: January 8, 2016
Pakistan knows well the threat of terrorism and we look forward to the results of their investigation, Kirby said. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan knows well the threat of terrorism and we look forward to the results of their investigation, Kirby said. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: US State Department spokesperson John Kirby on Thursday said it was for the government of Pakistan to determine how long it will take to investigate the attack on Pathankot air base, following information provided by India.

“It’s not for us to ascribe a timeline to somebody else’s investigation. Obviously, in all investigations, you want it to be thorough and you want it to be complete. And clearly, we all like them to be done as quick as possible and transparently discussed when it’s complete,” Kirby told a reporter at a regular briefing.

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Pointing out how Islamabad had condemned the attack, the spokesperson said, “Let’s let them do that and let’s see where the investigation goes. We obviously would like to see it investigated too, as completely and as thoroughly as possible, so that we can better understand what happened.”

Six militants stormed the IAF base in Pathankot on Saturday, soon after which 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.

Referring to Pakistan and its ongoing war against terrorism, Kirby said, “This is a country that knows well the threat of terrorism. We’ve talked about this. Soldiers have been killed. Innocent Pakistani civilians have been killed by terrorists and continue to be.”

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“Terrorism is a “regional challenge” that requires real regional solutions, and we want Pakistan to be a part of those solutions,” he added.

When asked if there was a deadline set for Pakistan to complete the investigation, the spokesperson reiterated that it was for the government of Pakistan to decide how long the investigation would take.

“It’s more important to us, as it is in our own investigative issues here in the United States, that it be a good, solid, thoughtful, and comprehensive investigation, not that it be done by a certain timeline,”

“We’re very cognisant of that when we conduct investigations. We’d rather get it right than get it fast, and we’ll certainly defer to Pakistani authorities to determine their own timelines and their own deadlines and the standards to which they want to hold themselves with respect to this investigation.”

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When asked if the United States was in contact with the Pakistani official after the Pathankot attack, Kirby replied in the affirmative, however stated that US is in touch with Pakistani authorities everyday, at all different levels.

Speaking about the Mumbai attacks and how the investigation process further increased tension between Pakistan and India, the spokesperson said that despite being aware that the relationship with Pakistan is complicated, “US continues to encourage bilateral multilateral efforts in the region to get at this particular threat.”

“As for the Mumbai attackers, we’ve said and we’ll – I’ll say it again today: We obviously want to see all the perpetrators brought to justice,” he said, adding that it may take a long time.

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“It took an awful long time to bring Osama bin Ladin to justice, but we did. So it can be hard,” Kirby admitted.

When asked what sort of information India shared with Pakistan and if the neighbour has started taking actions against the perpetrators, the state department spokesperson said he had “no knowledge or information specifically about what India might have provided the Pakistanis,” though confirming that there was ‘some information sharing’.

“Sharing of information would be helpful and productive, but I can’t speak to the results just two days after,” Kirby told the reporters.

Speaking about Pakistan’s stance on the recent attack, Kirby said Pakistan would not “discriminate between terrorist groups when they conduct counter-terrorism operations. “They’ve been very open about that, and we look forward to seeing the results of their investigation.”

“The United States will continue to not only encourage a sense of aggressiveness in counter-terrorism operations by Pakistan and by other regional powers, but we have and will continue to express our willingness to support those operations as required or as deemed fit by those nations,” he reaffirmed the country’s support towards Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • abreez
    Jan 8, 2016 - 3:39PM

    America is playing dirty game and the loser will be America and its allies. For successful South China Sea campaign, Pakistani northern areas are very important and sooner or later America will ask India to claim these areas. Then chain reaction will start and Pakistani nation will decide that their actual capital was and should be Delhi.Recommend

  • Ex PTI
    Jan 8, 2016 - 3:42PM

    What is taking Pakistan government so long to respond. As a Pakistani I am feeling frustrated by this non serious approach of establishment and Government. Please come clean if we really are a nation of peace and wish to progress……Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jan 8, 2016 - 3:49PM

    what i don’t understand is how this matter concerns the US. they are some 10,000 miles away, and this is a matter between two neighbouring countries. I won’t be surprised knowing that it is US that doesn’t want India and Pakistan to have peaceful relations, and CIA’s network in Pakistan makes sure of that.Recommend

  • Komal S
    Jan 8, 2016 - 4:29PM

    Is Mr. Kirby, dropping a hint here? We all know how justice was done in Osama Bin laden case.Recommend

  • cautious
    Jan 8, 2016 - 4:53PM

    @abreez: Typical anti American blather – long on blather and short on common sense. If the USA wanted to topple Pakistan then explain why it’s your largest export partner, your largest donor of charity, and your largest military supplier. The USA just got through making a supportive statement about Pakistan – a simple “thank you” would have been more appropriate than your rant.Recommend

  • Menon
    Jan 8, 2016 - 5:15PM

    US wants Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Libya to part of Middle East peace for the colossal mess they created by invading Iraq and deposing Saddam and walking away. If nations want peace then, the best thing to is ignore the US.

    Which was the last country US was ever been a solution in the past century and a half? Which country has started more wars than any other country?

    Pakistan will never be part of a solution as long as the deep state is in control with the help of US. US wants democracy to flourish in Pakistan but does everything to undermine it by negotiating with the military. Simple thing US can do immediately is stop dealing Pakistani military directly and insist on dealing with the elected government.

    Would US do it? No, it is not their best interest. It is better to keep the democratically elected government at arms length. Would the democratically elected government in Pakistan have the guts to tell US that, the government will not honor any agreements directly with the military, no, they will not.

    So, the spiral towards self destruction will continue. Recommend

  • Dr salman
    Jan 8, 2016 - 5:36PM

    Our own pace for what?What the heck he is talking about?Recommend

  • G. Din
    Jan 8, 2016 - 6:53PM

    “Pakistani nation will decide that their actual capital was and should be Delhi.”
    Once upon a time one of the capitals Pakistan had was Dacca. Where is it now? Recommend

  • Jan 8, 2016 - 7:40PM

    @abreez: Your comment is interesting and awesome. Good luck. Salams

    Frankly, what game is going on, I don’t know. But let the army & agencies handle this political pot pourri. SalamsRecommend

  • Haider
    Jan 8, 2016 - 10:05PM

    @komal s
    you dont know nothing about Osama Bin Laden case…….Recommend

  • Rao
    Jan 8, 2016 - 10:39PM

    That is the time , perhaps last one, to use nuclear weapons on India and settle the issue of Kashmir forever.!Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Jan 8, 2016 - 10:54PM

    @Dr salman: ” … Our own pace for what?What the heck he is talking about? … ”

    That is like saying – no action required.Recommend

  • True
    Jan 8, 2016 - 11:21PM

    That is the time , perhaps last one, to use nuclear weapons on India and settle the issue of Kashmir forever.!.…….Yeah they are New Year firecrackers forming impeccable lights & shapes when bursted up in air and the results known to everyone including yourself. It would immensely help the remaining India as eternal peace will follow !!! Recommend

  • NHA
    Jan 8, 2016 - 11:46PM

    Do not forget, adversaries do keep Moles in case there is need . Do not be surprised, if you learn that it was Indian planned and lead operation via Moles and Mules . Who benefitted from the attack? India . Attacks on Air bases are not executed with such a leisure the way it was done and Indian response was even slower.

    Let us wait for results. Recommend

  • Sid
    Jan 8, 2016 - 11:53PM

    If nukes were answer to the problem, Russia would have used all of it on USA and Afghanistan and Pakistan for helping Afghanistan during Afghan war. Do they ever teach you guys sensibility ? Recommend

  • Sid
    Jan 8, 2016 - 11:58PM

    Right now every nation from USA, Russia to China will do the job of advising to India and Pakistan on how they should maintain relationship.
    It came down to this because we the neighbors who could have lived like brothers chose to fought post independence. True to the old adage that when brothers fight others take advantage. Now we are getting free directions and advise on how to act from others because we never demonstrated on acting right on our own.
    The vision of south asian countries uniting to form a progressive economic zone is not impossible. It needs will from most if not all to go beyond our 68 years old hatred and move forward to better future. We need to stop being hostage of extremists preaching us hatred towards each other. We need to stop fearing each other. Recommend

  • Dr salman
    Jan 9, 2016 - 12:46AM

    @Arijit Sharma: bro that is like saying stop being “Daddy” to whole world.Leave us(India,Pakistan) alone…..Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Jan 9, 2016 - 6:28AM

    @abreez: What in the world has Gilgit-Baltistan got to do with an American campaign of any sort in the South China Sea? That’s a new one, surely. You need to get back on your meds.Recommend

  • Faruk
    Jan 9, 2016 - 10:04AM

    Sir John Kirby, Pakistan has done so much for USA, 10 years helped you fight USSR in Afghanistan,helped you fight Taliban, if you think of very proudly of your country USA and you think of yourself as a super power. Pay back, help to resolve Kashmir issue let the people of Kashmir decide? REFERENDUM with India or with Pakistan. If you can’t help than don’t poke your nose, let Pakistan and India decide. Recommend

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