Pakistan non-committal over action against Pathankot attackers, says India can’t impose conditions: Sources

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January 8, 2016

New Delhi: A day after India sent out a terse message to Islamabad in the backdrop of Pathankot attacks, asking them to act before holding Foreign-Secretary-level talks, Pakistan has come up with yet another sham defence.

January 8, 2016

New Delhi: A day after India sent out a terse message to Islamabad in the backdrop of Pathankot attacks, asking them to act before holding Foreign-Secretary-level talks, Pakistan has come up with yet another sham defence.

According to sources in Pakistan, the country thinks India is not serious about the talks. They believe the evidence given by India will not stand in a court of law as they have serious doubts that Pathankot attackers came from Pakistan.

Pakistan is expecting India to share DNA samples of the dead bodies of the terrorists killed in Pathankot. Sources have also ruled out a 'time-bound action' by Pakistan.

Stressing that the 'ball is now in Pakistan's court', the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said, "Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif who assured us prompt response."

"The Pathankot terror attack has once again renewed focus on the challenge of cross-border terror. We are not imposing any deadline (action against the perpetrators) on Pakistan. India wants a prompt action against those involved in the terror attacks," the MEA said.

According to a media report, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on Thursday and discussed the attack on the Indian airbase.

Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Sharif said Pakistan was ready to boost cooperation with the neighboring India as part of counter-terrorism efforts.

Sharif directed National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua to remain in contact with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval in a bid to keep renewed dialogue on track after the attack on Pathankot air base.

Another official said the information provided by India was "not enough" as it was just limited to telephone numbers and Pakistan might ask for additional information.

"We would like to have solid information to build a case for action otherwise courts intervene and the suspects will be bailed out," he added.

According to earlier reports, India wanted the NSAs of the two countries to meet before Foreign Secretary-level talks are held. Foreign Secretary-level talks between India-Pakistan are scheduled to be held on January 14-15 in Islamabad.


Courtesy: IBN