Keeping the door open for dialogue, India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that there no reason to distrust Pakistan’s assurance that it will take effective action on inputs given about the perpetrators of the Pathankot terror attack.
Expressing hope that Pakistan will live up to its commitment, Mr Singh said: “Pakistan government has said it will take effective action. I think we should wait.” Mr Singh said since Pakistan has given the assurance to the Indian government, there should be no reason to not believe them. “There is no reason to distrust them so early,” he said.
India had provided leads to Pakistan after the Pathankot attacks on January 2 to act upon the perpetrators of the terrorist act. In a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after the attacks, Mr Modi made it clear to Mr Sharif about the urgent need for prompt and decisive action against perpetrators of the Pathankot terror.
“Actionable intelligence in regard to the terrorist attack and the links with the perpetrators in Pakistan were provided to the Pakistani side. The Pakistan Prime Minister promised us prompt and decisive action. We now wait that prompt and decisive action,” an official statement said.
According to various reports from Pakistan, law enforcement agencies have picked up “some suspects” connected to Pathankot airbase attack from Bahwalapur district, which is also the hometown of Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
JeM has been suspected to have carried out the attacks. Azhar’s brother Rauf and five others are also said to be responsible for carrying out the attack that killed all six terrorists and seven Indian soldiers on January 2.
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