France, India call on Pakistan to prosecute terrorists

Published: January 26, 2016
Indian security personnel stand guard next to a barricade outside the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot in Punjab, India, January 2, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indian security personnel stand guard next to a barricade outside the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot in Punjab, India, January 2, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS


France joined India on Monday in demanding Pakistan bring to justice the perpetrators of the Pathankot airbase and the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks even as the Indian president said that dialogue can bridge disagreements but not under a ‘shower of bullets’.

The call came as French President Francois Hollande met Indian PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. Hollande is in India to attend the 67th Republic Day ceremony on January 26 (today) – just as US President Barack Obama had visited India last year.

“Condemning the recent terror attacks in Pathankot and Gurdaspur in India, the two countries reiterated their call for Pakistan to bring to justice their perpetrators and the perpetrators of the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which also caused the demise of two French citizens, and to ensure that such attacks do not recur in the future,” read their joint statement on terrorism.

Pathankot, Mumbai attacks: France, India call on Pakistan to prosecute terrorists

At a press event, Modi said that the two were of the view that the “global community needs to act decisively against those who provide safe havens to terrorists, who nurture them through finances, training and infrastructure support.”

Their joint statement went on to call for action against state sponsorship of terrorism. “Prime Minister Modi and President Hollande underlined the need for all countries to effectively deal with terrorism emanating from their territory or territories under their control. They called for actions to be taken, consistent with international law, against all entities, including States, that sponsor, provide support, active or passive, to terrorist groups or harbour them.”

Hollande said that “odious provocations [terrorist attacks] only serve to further increase the resolve” that they had as the two countries agreed to step up cooperation on counter-terrorism.

France has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks during 2015 which started with an attack on magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, followed by an attack on a supermarket that left five others dead. Subsequently in November, Paris was rocked by a series of gun and bomb attacks that left 130 people dead – the attack was claimed by the Middle Eastern extremist group Islamic State, also known by its Arabic acronym Da’ish.

India has been struck by a series of terrorist attacks, most recently an attack on an airbase in Pathankot, Indian Punjab, that killed at least five officials.

Pathankot attack: Pakistan to send special investigation team to India

They reaffirmed their commitment to the key principles of a peaceful inter-Afghan dialogue: acceptance of the Afghan Constitution, renunciation of violence and severing links with terrorism.

Indian president’s speech

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee also addressed terrorism in his annual speech on the eve of India’s republic day.

“This is war beyond any doctrine, a cancer which must be operated out with a firm scalpel. There is no good or bad terrorism; it is pure evil.”

Without naming Pakistan, he referred to talks with Islamabad, emphasising its importance in resolving issues.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th,  2016.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Point
    Jan 26, 2016 - 9:17AM

    France president forgot Samjhoota express!! and Gujrat!!Recommend

  • pakistani
    Jan 26, 2016 - 9:23AM

    France talk about terrorist and irony is modi is standing right next to him.Recommend

  • Akbarally
    Jan 26, 2016 - 9:47AM

    Thanks to Nawaz’s naivety this is happening. He was quick to succumb to Indian pressure and now these are the consequences.Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    Jan 26, 2016 - 11:00AM

    Money matters…

  • ghazal
    Jan 26, 2016 - 11:10AM

    no thekedari pls. has any one asked Pakistan about Marriott bombing or malik ishak encounter.Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Jan 26, 2016 - 11:10AM

    France is wants to please Modi for arms-selling pacts with India by releasing such statement. Don’t forget that is the disease some foreign leaders catch while landing in New Delhi. Last time, it was British PM David Cameron in 2010 when he released an irresponsible statement against Pakistan, which was strongly protested against by Pakistan.

    When will current ruling government of Pakistan take similar strong position by educating ignorant leaders like Hollande about recent attack at Charsadda and Army Public School massacre from 2014? These so-called Western leaders get away with such hypocrisy and ignorance (while not officially traveling to Pakistan). It is time that Pakistani weak rulers take tough position against people like Hollande and Cameron. Recommend

  • ghazal
    Jan 26, 2016 - 11:13AM

    fail to understand why are Pakistani so convince that 99.999% of world is wrong and they are only write. what Obama and hollande said in public china and Saudi tell in close door meetingRecommend

  • goldconsumer
    Jan 26, 2016 - 11:49AM

    No madam. We know our problems very well. If you read our newspapers and are a frequent blogger across the border then you should have read a lot of criticism about various issues.
    What we fail to understand is why some leaders have to please New Delhi so much. In the later’s point of view, the whole world problems are because of her neighbour Pakistan. No sane person should fall into that delusion for his own goodRecommend

  • Saleem
    Jan 26, 2016 - 11:52AM

    I think both countries should extend cooperation. The pathankot handlers should be prosecuted only if India shows concrete action in nabbing its handlers in Afghanistan of Bacha Khan university massacre.Recommend

  • Ravi
    Jan 26, 2016 - 12:09PM

    For a change Pakistan should try n integrate itself with world at large. People here seem to be kinda living in fantasy.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 26, 2016 - 12:15PM

    What India has to do with issues b/w Afghanistan and Pakistan?Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 26, 2016 - 12:16PM

    The French are any day known for their structure and focus . Trust the French I say . Trust them anyday . they never let go hands of their friends / allies . Heres to a new dawn. Recommend

    Jan 26, 2016 - 12:52PM

    Comments of Pakistanis here are the evidence that there are no signs that Pakistanis have come out of the imaginary world created out of their own wishful thinking. The same old blame game based on wishful ideas continues. The slide towards an abyss continues and they remain unaware because of being in dark away from the realities of the world outside. Having lived in the world of lies, they fear to face the truth. Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Jan 26, 2016 - 12:54PM

    @saleem,The BKU massacre investigation should be handled by Pak authorities and Afghan authorities. India got nothing to do with that.But as far as Pathankot case is concerned, ball is in Pak court to take action and prosecute the perpetrators. Here you will say proofs are required.But your demand for proofs after proofs show the lack of readiness from the establishment side.The initial proofs are handed over.Once you detain suspects and investigate, you will unearth more.In the entire world,cases are handled like that.But in Pakistan’s opinion regarding the terror attacks in India seems to be different.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jan 26, 2016 - 1:41PM

    Whatever the occasion is Mr. Modi, never leaves a chance to degrade Pakistan.Recommend

  • Romm
    Jan 26, 2016 - 2:08PM

    Nothing will happen and Indians will keep Mourning as Per their standing Procedure. Recommend

  • Khan
    Jan 26, 2016 - 2:11PM


    Comments of Pakistanis here are the
    evidence that there are no signs that Pakistanis have come out of the
    imaginary world created out of their own wishful thinking

    Thank you for your generosity … but I can assure you that 99.9999% of Pakistanis have never commented on these forums .. the vast majority of them wouldn’t give a damn about these issues because they know they cannot change anything and would not waste their time by some comments which are forgotten within matter of minutes. The ones who constantly blame ABCD & etc etc for whatever mess we are in are those who have nothing better to do in their lives and are hence either stuck to watching the political debates on the tvs or come here to bash their neighbors when they take a tea break.

    The only people who can change course of this country are our so called guardians but since they would not and we the common people cannot force them to do so hence we are just busy in our own lives instead.Recommend

  • Jan 26, 2016 - 2:13PM

    Of course, Modi is arm-twisting Hollande because the fate of 100 French Rafale warjets is on the line. SalamsRecommend

  • GKA
    Jan 26, 2016 - 2:14PM

    @Point: Those were not cross border attacks. Recommend

  • Point
    Jan 26, 2016 - 2:29PM

    Modi speech reminds me of the speech Sacha Baron Cohen makes in that movie “The Dictator” :D Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    Jan 26, 2016 - 2:34PM

    Don’t watch doordarshan.Recommend

  • jk
    Jan 26, 2016 - 3:20PM

    They not only remain mum on recent attack at Charsadda and Army Public School massacre from 2014 by proxy used by India but pour statements standing next person who is responsible for massacre in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Farangi
    Jan 26, 2016 - 5:13PM

    So,Modi ran to France to complain against Pakistan and to gather sympathies.Recommend

  • Human
    Jan 26, 2016 - 5:16PM

    I recently had French friends over in Isbd for business and out of the four, only one knew what Pathankot is, or what had happened there.
    The Indians’ self-centered approach is delusional and hurts them and all their neighbors.
    Given a choice between elevating India and hurting Pakistan, almost 100% of Indians would opt for the latter.
    We shouldn’t blame them. Since 14 Aug 1947, right wing Hindu parties and groups have been instilling this one thing into the minds of people of once Akhand Bharat.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 26, 2016 - 5:46PM

    Having lived in the world of lies, they fear to face the truth.

    Your coments are unfair cosidering that it is their Sharifs who have gone publiic that their house is a nest of terrorists, whereas the facts are that there is a wide spread resistance and civil disobedience against the army rule, making Pakistan the second biggest after Saudi Arabias in sending their citzens to gallows without proper judicial trials. No other leader in the world will take pride in denegrading their country to such an extent, not even the French President Hollande who knowingly refused to accept that the perpatrators of the carnage in Paris were all french citizens living around the ghettos of Paris.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Jan 26, 2016 - 6:13PM

    What about 2000 people killed in Gujrat ? Were they lesser human than French/Indians ?Recommend

  • Navin
    Jan 26, 2016 - 7:26PM

    @Shahid Akram:
    So u want justice for out internal fights also….so v want justice for baloch….sindh and fata…pok….please give them freedom….Recommend

  • Baloch
    Jan 26, 2016 - 7:29PM

    Time is right now to free balochistan and sindh like bangladesh.Recommend

  • someone
    Jan 26, 2016 - 7:33PM

    Just like you guys are mourning for APS and now BKU as per “normal procedure” ?Recommend

  • Naxal
    Jan 26, 2016 - 10:43PM

    Time to free Naxals, Sikhs, Kashmiris, Bengalis, low caste Hindus, Indian Muslims.
    Too much brutality and subjugation by India for a long time. Recommend

  • Akhthar
    Jan 26, 2016 - 11:17PM

    Fellow Pakistani’s, cool down. France has to say what India wants to sell their Rafale’s. Since Pakistan lives off on the crumbs thrown at it by the rich countries, no choice but to listen.Recommend

  • Geet
    Jan 27, 2016 - 1:33AM

    why your ghazal is so out of tune i.e wrong spellings.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Jan 27, 2016 - 7:21AM

    Whole world is on one side. And we still feel we are correct. There is definitely something wrong with Pakistan’s narrative. Its not based on reality.Recommend

  • whatever
    Jan 27, 2016 - 7:35AM

    pakistanis are not ready to believe that their is some disease spreading in their society. to get treated well, first you have to acknowledge that you are ill and you need some medicine else keep saying that i am fine and these symptoms are due to neighbors infection.

  • Rahul
    Jan 27, 2016 - 8:46AM

    First of all I don’t believe that Europeans are coming to Pakistan for business. That’s a lie. Did you mean the Chinese? But anyway that’s not the point. The point is that if only one out of those four “French” people knew about the Pathankot attacks then I pity the other three. In a world of digitalization where people now know attacks on small insignificant countries like Burkina Faso then I’m sure they must’ve heard about Pathankot too. And I wonder what kind of “business” were you conducting discussing Pathankot with them.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jan 27, 2016 - 9:59AM

    ..Modi speech reminds me of the speech Sacha Baron Cohen makes in that movie “The Dictator” :D

    I hope you do know that in the movie dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen portrayed a loony army general turn dictator of a an Islamic republic. Does it remind you of any country? :DRecommend

  • Defiant
    Jan 27, 2016 - 11:30AM

    Very well said sir!

    The patience of minorities in India would surely be rewarded. This extreme right wing govt is hastening the demise of secular India. Recommend

  • Burkina queen
    Jan 27, 2016 - 7:39PM

    @Rahul – If Burkina Faso is insignificant as you say, then Pakistan is ten times more insignificant. If you don’t value the life of people of any country then don’t complain when others don’t value yours.Recommend

  • However
    Jan 28, 2016 - 1:30AM

    coming that from the ‘second ignorant nation in the world’ is hilarious. Recommend

  • Human
    Jan 28, 2016 - 1:45AM

    “First of all I don’t believe that Europeans are coming to Pakistan for business..”
    Aww. I mean how we desperately wished you did..! :)

    Buddy welcome to the real world. You can google trade between Pakistan and the EU. Is it the angels doings? To your obvious dismay, you’ll IA see the figures soaring higher in the near future despite Indian “efforts”.

    Wonder what the Shiv Senas and Bajrang Dals textbooks are teaching the Indians nowadays.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jan 28, 2016 - 9:13AM

    You Indians wonder a lot. And in that wondering you seem to end up in conclusions that are reflection of your own self denials and perceptions about everything. That is why I sincerely advise you to stop watching your own media. Step out!
    By the way, I work for a big German company here and just recently had a grinding audit conducting by “Germans”
    PS: Germany is in Europe.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jan 31, 2016 - 12:41PM

    French president also has to remind India to fulfill its commitments and promises Pandit Jawahir La’al Nehru made in UNO’s speech that Kashmiri people will decide thru plebiscite to affiliate themselves with India or Pakistan….
    “@Baloch:Time is right now to free balochistan and sindh like bangladesh.”
    Keep up daydreaming and stargazing because Balochistan is,was and will be the Pakistan’s part and separatists have to leave Balochistan,and have live in India because India is fully supporting Balochistan’s separatists,if they can’t live with Pakistan….Recommend

  • Ejaz
    Apr 2, 2016 - 1:55AM

    The Western countries and India want to see the quick demise of Pakistan. The Islam has become a target of hate in the media, as if we we are againliving in 1930s. (in those days there was severe hate again the Jews). Even the German media is creating an abominable propaganda (read WELT.DE online), whereas only 4 NAZI perpetrators have been punished during the last 80 years. The Germans massacred some 6 million Jews and 600 000 Romas (also called Gypsies). The Hitler´s army (Wehrmacht) was a criminal army. They have a long history of scorch earth. Since the foundation of the German Reich in 1871 she is associated with unspeakable war crimes and wars. Germany made also wars in 1864, and 1866 (with Austria and Denmark) and later in 1871, 1914 and again 1938. Germany is again flexing her muscles after the re-unification in 1990. In the German TV channels the black and white War documentaries are frequently shown as if Germans are missing their great leader, Adolf Hitler. Right-wing parties are re-emerging in Europe. The traumatized refugees (recently came from Syria) are beaten in the former East Germany. THIS IS CALLED DEMOCRACY. Germany is a smilng face of hate. Fortunately Germans would never win a war. Recommend

  • Ejaz
    Apr 2, 2016 - 2:10AM

    Read the history of France. This country has a history of crimes in In Indo-China and North African states. Here they massacred some 1.5 million Algerians during their 130-year colonial reign. France wants to become a great power, but internally France is a very confused country. Or you do not beleive me? Read his book, written by a British. Cecil Jenkins: A brief History of France – People, History and Culture, Robinson Publishers, 2011. One should not forget, some 60 per cant crusaders in 1095 AD were French. The European Crusaders won the First Crusade, but the 9 later Crusades were won by the Arab Muslims. Finally they were expelled from Levant (Palestine). Saladin, resetted the Jews in Palestine. The European Christians always massacred the Jews in Europe. The progroms were common in Europe. The Europeans were always the severe enemies of the Jews. (Please read more in A SHORT HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE written by a famous Jewish Historian CECIL ROTH in 1936). Recommend

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