Pathankot attack: India says patience running thin over ‘Pakistan inaction’

Published: January 17, 2016



India’s defence minister has said ‘Pakistan’s inaction’ against the alleged attackers of Mumbai and Pathankot has exhausted his country’s ‘patience’. “The world will see its results in next one year,” Manohar Parrikar said in a veiled threat on Saturday, according to India’s Zee News TV.

Parrikar was referring to the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai’s landmarks and the January 2, 2015 brazen assault on the Indian Air Force (AIF) Base in Pathankot, Indian Punjab. The Mumbai attack was blamed on the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, while the outlawed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has been accused of masterminding the Pathankot attack.

LUMS denies arrest of student over Pathankot attack

Parrikar’s statement came despite a commitment from Pakistan that it will fully cooperate with India on the Pathankot attack. The Pakistan government has already launched a crackdown against the JeM detaining dozens of activists and sealing its offices and seminaries across Punjab. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also formed a high-powered committee that may travel to India to probe the Pathankot attack.

The Indian defence minister, however, said the Pakistani investigation team would not be allowed to enter the air base.

The attack came just a week after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise stopover at Lahore while flying back home from Afghanistan to wish his counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday.

Before Modi’s brief trip, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Islamabad where she met her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz and announced to resurrect a moribund peace process between the two nuclear armed neighbours.

Pathankot incident attempt to undermine Pak-India talks: US

The foreign secretaries of the two countries were scheduled to meet on the 15 of this month in Islamabad. But the crucial meeting was put off to “the very near future,” according to Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup. Foreign secretaries S Jaishankar of India and Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry of Pakistan spoke by phone on Thursday about rescheduling the talks.

UN, US favour diplomacy

The international community has called upon the two countries not to allow terrorists to derail the normalisation process between them.

The United States said on Friday it should come as a shock to no one that terrorist groups would try to undermine the Indo-Pak peace process by carrying out attacks, as it encouraged the two countries to continue the dialogue.

“It should come as a shock to no one that terrorist groups will try to undermine those sorts of efforts by conducting spectacular attacks, to sow fear and to hopefully sow doubt in the minds of national leaders towards a level of cooperation that can have a practical effect,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington.

Pakistan, India talks deferred after Pathankot attack

“Obviously, we don’t want to see that happen and we are encouraged by the dialogue that has recently taken place between India and Pakistan, and we’d like to see that continue,” Kirby said, referring to the Pathankot attack.

He said the United States wanted India and Pakistan to “continue to have a dialogue and to continue to look for ways to cooperate against a common threat. We talked about this not long ago at a recent conversation between both Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi”.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also advised diplomacy between Islamabad and New Delhi. Asked by a reporter about the on-again, off-again interactions between the two South Asian neighbours, Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, “Advice of the secretary general would always be for ‘on’ in order to support the talks.”

“Obviously, there are circumstances that are involved,” Dujarric said, “but he has been supportive of the dialogue between the leaders of Pakistan and India to resolve the outstanding issues.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2016.

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  • maarige
    Jan 17, 2016 - 9:39AM


  • Point
    Jan 17, 2016 - 9:44AM

    yes how would you let a Pakistani team in when all the drama was a staged propaganda. There is no concrete proof of Pakistan involvementRecommend

  • TP
    Jan 17, 2016 - 9:56AM

    I am disillusioned with the way my nation is responding to terrorist attacks. It is as if the lives of Indian citizens don’t matter. India must take a leaf out of Israel’s book.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jan 17, 2016 - 10:02AM

    Leader of Jem in custody their madrasas sealed….Isint it enough provided the “leads” now our team will investigate in India to obtain “evidences”..Whether these are the words of Modi or stupid member of bjp whose motive is to badmouth PakistanRecommend

  • AK
    Jan 17, 2016 - 10:46AM

    Indian’s mentality will never change !!!Recommend

  • abreez
    Jan 17, 2016 - 10:51AM

    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jan 17, 2016 - 11:09AM

    War soon and we will finish you off this time.Recommend

  • Azi
    Jan 17, 2016 - 11:22AM

    Let its patience wear thin for all we can care, what’s more than empty paper bad threats its going to issue? Surgical this and that only to fool its people as it had already many times with staged events like these.

    India should be a no concern country for us. Its not even worth listening or talking to.Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2016 - 11:35AM

    dear read statement of defense minister. wait six months not one year. take care of Baluchistan. u people will forget to utter Kashmir word. india is investing billions of dollars in non state actors.Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Jan 17, 2016 - 11:43AM

    All I can say is that, Justice is approaching and its going to hurt.Recommend

  • ghazal
    Jan 17, 2016 - 11:44AM

    true, Pakistan just cannot shut its cottage industry, after all it is its biggest exportRecommend

  • An Indian
    Jan 17, 2016 - 11:53AM

    @abreez: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride”

    If wishes were horses, Pakistan would have Kashmir!Recommend

  • Peshawararite
    Jan 17, 2016 - 11:54AM

    Hindustan is cornering us to such an extent that we would be obliged to produce the Ghaznavids, Ghorids, Lodhis and Abdalis..once again!Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jan 17, 2016 - 12:05PM

    “NEW DELHI:India’s defence minister has said ‘Pakistan’s inaction’ against the alleged attackers of Mumbai and Pathankot has exhausted his country’s ‘patience’. “The world will see its results in next one year,” Manohar Parrikar said in a veiled threat on Saturday, according to India’s Zee News TV.”
    What India will do more against Pakistan whereas in Balochistan’s internal matters India is doing its best by supporting the Balochistan Liberation Army?And come on India show your army’s capabilities instead of verbal threats….Recommend

  • Jaswinder
    Jan 17, 2016 - 1:08PM

    All these actions can be temporary in nature and does not stand any legal grounds. Also your Foreign Ministry has not confirmed arrest of JIM leader in press conference. Hence what Indian minister says is correct. Pakistan government is just beating around bush.Recommend

  • nasser
    Jan 17, 2016 - 1:17PM

    What you are,saying is true…buy in the guise of MY NATION.. come on friend… if you think your stand is justified then have the moral courage toby not posing yourself behind fake identityRecommend

  • nasser
    Jan 17, 2016 - 1:20PM

    Another ploy to maintain the status quo in the relations…Modi is indeed has become a puppet of RSS who will never allow a peacefully coexistence we with our neighbour. Who will forget about sabotaging the initiative taken by A B Vajpayee… the true statesman Recommend

  • nasser
    Jan 17, 2016 - 1:23PM

    And of course my dear Pakistan is not Palestine or Iraq or Lebanan… please don’t insult the sensibilities of Indian leadership by asking to take such a foolish stand. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 17, 2016 - 2:05PM

    Forget Israel, Cold Start will be met with Hot End…rip.Recommend

  • excalibur
    Jan 17, 2016 - 2:07PM

    Our incompetent political leadership always compromises our sovreignity and plays into the Indian malafide designsRecommend

  • Sameer
    Jan 17, 2016 - 2:24PM

    @Peshawararite…. Ghazni, ghori’s force never surrendered in massive numbersRecommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 17, 2016 - 2:25PM


    India must take a leaf out of Israel’s book.

    Pakistan has nuclear weapons unlike hapless Palestinians. Any wonder why your government can’t do anything except issuing empty threats? RSS/BJP are cowards who can only attack unarmed Muslims when they are in greater number. As soon as the odds are different they start crying ibkay aaRecommend

  • Batman
    Jan 17, 2016 - 2:29PM

    @Peshawararite…. Make sure you don’t ended up getting more muktibahinis from other sideRecommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 17, 2016 - 2:55PM

    India has the edge over Pakistan…….their propaganda machinery is way more sophisticated. Recommend

  • nasser
    Jan 17, 2016 - 3:20PM

    You are wrong bro….truth is our media is strongly nationalist . When it come to conflicts our media simply follow the line of government very unlikely of Pakistani media.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 17, 2016 - 3:31PM


    War soon and we will finish you off this time.

    How? Really how? What is it you have that Pakistan does not?Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Jan 17, 2016 - 3:54PM

    thats wht happened in mumbai attack case. first india hanged(?) kassab in haste and ruined the only clue to culprits. now they dont want pakistan team to visit the airbase. india wants to believe wht she is saying and arrest wht she wants with proofs that she considers sufficient. how will that work out?Recommend

  • Human
    Jan 17, 2016 - 6:08PM

    The Indians made the most foolish mistake by creating trouble in NW Pakistan. Today:
    1. Entire Pak Army has served at least once in FATA. They’re battle hardened, confident and fearless.
    2. Writ of Pak established in all parts of country.
    3. Pak Army has won nation’s respect, undoing decades of enemy propaganda against it.
    PAF is getting better every day.
    Our nukes are ready- just in case..
    China and Pak are closer than ever. The US never left.
    India’s planned repeat of Mumbai is a flop. Now such provocative statements from India will only bring and bind us Pakistanis closer.
    So wanna bring it on? Seriously who’s stopping you?Recommend

  • Haider
    Jan 17, 2016 - 6:10PM

    Next day Law Minister of Punjab said he is in protective custody and they ll arrest when leads turn into evidences ..Every day we see action taken against JEM…..Yes these are temporary nature and permanent ones will be done after further investigation…Come on leads given on investigation of 1 day by India is enough to execute people dont think so..First time Pakistan is serious and India needs to be co operative and defence minister to stop uttering foolish statements…you cannot order us anything but think of mutual cooperation..These may be of temporary nature but much more than what was expected on day 1Recommend

  • vcbhutani
    Jan 17, 2016 - 6:25PM

    You must be living in a world of your imagination. Have you any idea about the impact and uses of nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons are only deterrents. Once deterrence fails there is nothing that either side can do with nuclear weapons. If one side uses nuclear weapons the other side has no option but to respond in kind. I hope you can imagine the results of such an exchange of nuclear weapons between Pakistan and India.
    There is no sense in calling names. Things could be ugly for Pakistan under certain circumstances. An ultra-nationalist government like the present one in India is just the wrong kind of an adversary that Pakistan would like. If Pakistan sent one nuclear weapon at an Indian target, India should respond with 10 nuclear weapons targeted at the whole length of Pakistan. I hope you can imagine the consequences.
    V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, 17 Jan 2016, 1853 ISTRecommend

  • Yellow
    Jan 17, 2016 - 6:29PM

    Oh really? We are so afraid Recommend

  • ramdar
    Jan 17, 2016 - 8:23PM

    @Point: ”when all the drama was a staged propaganda.”
    Shows brainwashed minds unwilling to admit the reality. What matters is what civilized world believes.
    @roadkashehzada ”first india hanged(?) kassab in haste and ruined the only clue to culprits..” It took 4 years after the crime since due to legal process. You wanted India to follow the Lakhvi trial pace! BTW another conspirator, David Headly alias Dawood Gilani, who confessed roles of himself & others is still alive in US jail.
    @Sunil ”War soon and we will finish you off this time.” Your jingoistic comments do not help in anyway except to spoil India’s image & expose your immaturity. There are enough fanatics in Pakistan trying to finish it, your help is not required. Let us focus on our own problems.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 17, 2016 - 8:44PM

    The US have the capability and motivation to neutralize Pakistan’s nuclear assets should they ever sense that any future full-scale war with India would escalate to a nuclear one. So don’t count your chickens before they hatch.Recommend

  • SHAH
    Jan 17, 2016 - 8:49PM

    start killing unarmed women and children ??? would make you so proud when you kill children … right ?? Thats what them israelis do and think they are the best .. when Hizbullah fired back and started killing them super brave child killers, you should see videos .. how they ran back to their border, even leaving behind fully intact merkavas; Recommend

  • Basilisk
    Jan 17, 2016 - 9:05PM

    @vcbhutani: Firstly, tell your Government to have patience. Secondly, stay in your limits and educate your political leaders on how to control their tongues. Thirdly, don’t go threatening other countries that decided to help you in finding the culprits. Lastly, respect your neighbors. The international community is watching. Recommend

  • Defiant
    Jan 17, 2016 - 9:17PM

    Brilliantly said bro. Reminds us of the unity which Indian acts/conspiracies infuse in us Pakistanis.
    Pakistan Zindabad!! :)Recommend

  • Last Word
    Jan 17, 2016 - 9:45PM

    Well, what the Indian Defence minister has stated will be the last resort if Pakistan’s actions against JeM proved to be cosmetic and such attacks continue with impunity from across the border. However as an Indian, I am quite hopeful this time that those behind this senseless policy would change their mind-set for the sake of regional peace and prosperity of their own country if not for its neighbours. Pakistan, must realise that it is not India but the entire world’s patience against terrorism is wearing thin will fully support India who is a victim of cross-border terrorism for more than three decades. Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jan 17, 2016 - 10:01PM

    @Haider: We are waiting to hear this as an official version from the government of Pakistan. Last we know, the Pakistani Government (aka Foreign Office) didn’t have any knowledge of any such action. Until the Pakistan Government puts it out as it’s official version, nothing has changed on the ground as far as India or the rest of the world is concerned.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jan 17, 2016 - 10:57PM

    Punjab Law Minister is a part of Pakistan government..Dont expect result in a week as Samjhauta Express is unsolved for 9 yrs…
    @Haji Atiya
    First i dont know why r u saying this to me as i havent said anything about War and seriously if Us will take sides and neutralise Pakistan’s nuclear assets and India’s doesnt…Us doesnt have that capability…Day dreaming bad for health think what u have said..why are we talking about an impossible thing in today era..Do u want only ants to live in subcontinentRecommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 17, 2016 - 11:13PM

    @nasser: You have knowingly or unknowingly just trashed your own media. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 17, 2016 - 11:27PM


    If Pakistan sent one nuclear weapon at an Indian target, India should respond with 10 nuclear weapons targeted at the whole length of Pakistan.

    Why do you think Pakistan will send only one nuclear weapon and not 120 or so that it has? What love does Pakistan have for Hindia to stop it from doing it? Hindia’s response would be irrelevant as it would be reduced to one of the smallest populations in the world after Pakistani weapons reach its territory.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 18, 2016 - 3:15AM

    First thing Pakistan should do is to interrogate Masood Azhar and others of JeM whom Pakistan claims to have detained.

    Second thing Pakistan should do to arrest and interrogate leaders of UJC because UJC has claimed that it carried out the attacks.

    Third thing Pakistan should do is to allow India to interrogate Masood Azhar and others of JeM and also leaders of UJC. If not Pakistan should allow for joint interrogation of these by both India and Pakistan.

    Only after all these are done, can Pakistan ask for sending its team to India for joint investigations.

    The tactics used in earlier instances, including in the case of Dr. Qadeer Khan will not work this time. It will only establish that Pakistan is not sincere and is just trying to hoodwink others. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 18, 2016 - 5:23AM

    They would still survive with their robust rat and cockroach population.Recommend

  • Sid
    Jan 18, 2016 - 7:39AM

    Neither will Pakistan’sRecommend

  • True Pakistani
    Jan 18, 2016 - 9:28AM

    Lol..seems like Nawaz Shariff has no power either. Our country is run by the military, Modi is foolish setting up meetings with Shariff.Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Jan 18, 2016 - 10:53AM

    If despite what Pakistan has promised and has already done in connection with attack on Pathankot airbase – like arresting JeM workers – the Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s patience is wearing thin, it could only mean that perhaps his patience is made of some very fragile material.

    After all, it was not all that far back that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was boasting about breaking up Pakistan, and there was talk of giving Pakistan pain, while Indian forces were engaged in unprovoked firing across the line of control, killing innocent Pakistanis. Also, RAW operatives based in Afghanistan were creating trouble across the border in Pakistan.

    And like international community is saying, everyone with a bit of commonsense would know that the militants and trouble-makers in either country who would not have liked improvement in relations between the two neighbours would try to mess things up by doing something like what was done.

    The Defence Minister’s stance is also in complete contrast to the earlier, more sensible statements coming from Indian leaders and officials. After all, it is a fact that neither India nor Pakistan – or even Afghanistan for that matter – have full control over every inch of their territory, and at this stage, it is by no means certain at this attack was in fact launched or planned from Pakistani territory.

    Surely, the leaders of a country with a population in excess of 1.25 billion should not be so impulsive and inpatient, and must give Pakistan some time to act in the matter, in a situation where Pakistan fully understands that peace in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan is interdependent, and the problem of militancy and terrorism in either country can be solved only through mutual cooperation and definitely not through confrontation.


  • jacob
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:54AM

    if war begins, Pakistan has nothing to loose its already under dust empire but for India it has many things to loose including setting back dream of becoming superpower in terms of stability, economy, military. China/US/Russia/ and other global leaders will benefitRecommend

  • k k khan
    Feb 9, 2016 - 4:00AM

    First war was in Agent Vinod
    second in Phantom
    and now third in Agent mickey mouseRecommend

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