Global community condemns Pathankot attack

New Delhi, Jan. 8 (ANI): Germany, Australian and Indonesia on Friday joined the international community in condemning the terrorist attack on Pathankot Air Force base, saying the attack must be investigated and those responsible must be held accountable.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a letter to her Indian counterpart External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj condemned the attack and said her country stands in solidarity with victims of terrorism.

Germany strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot and the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif.

“It must be investigated and those responsible must be held accountable,” said Germany in a condolence message.

Extending condolences to the bereaved families, Indonesia in a statement said the country condemns all acts of terrorism.

“This heinous crime cannot be justified under any pretext and justification,” the message read.

Meanwhile, Defence expert Commodore (Retd.) C. Uday Bhaskar said the entire global community today is passing through the post-Paris anxiety about terrorism.

“And the fact that Pathankot has elicited such kind of response, it is also encouraging. I think it also points to the gradual emergence of a certain consensus because Pakistan is a very distinctive challenge for the global community. The fact that Pakistan supports terror as part of state’s policy is very well-known in the entire global community. The US and China have differently supported Pakistan despite the fact that it is investing in terror,” he told ANI here.

Commodore (Retd.) Bhaskar further said the Pathankot attack is also a challenge for Pakistan because of its Peshawar experience.

“After Peshawar, the Pakistani establishment and even some parts of the military said that they have to review their policy as far as terror is concerned. So, I see this as a silver lining but it’s a very dark cloud. And to the extent that all the evidence is pointing towards JeM, perhaps the Pak establishment may be able to pursue this case because the JeM has targeted Pakistan assets, including General Musharraf’s life and that was also linked to elements affiliated to the JeM,” said Commodore (Retd.) Bhaskar

“So while the LeT is often seen as one more covert battalion of the Pakistan Army, the Jaish comes in a slightly different context. So the global response is encouraging. But at the same time there is an element of real politic and we have to see how the US and China bring to bear whatever influence they have on Pakistan as far as pursuing the Indian evidence is concerned. The Indian Government is waiting to see what Pakistan’s response would be,” he added.

Defence expert M.M. Khajuria on his part said the US recognises the severity and seriousness of the act on the part of the elements in Pakistan which are known to be in coheres with the Pakistan military.

“Coming at the heels of Prime Minister Modi’s goodwill visit to Pakistan and participation in the birthday celebration of Nawaz Sharif and also the marriage ceremony of his grand-daughter. Therefore, the implications of this on the relation between the two countries and the host of comprehensive dialogues the US is promoting is absolutely clear and, therefore, it is a matter of great concern for world leaders, especially for the USA. It is known that the USA leadership on their own have told Pakistan that they must deliver on what they are talking and address seriously and immediately the concerns of the Indian Government and act on the leads provided by the Indian Government,” he said.

Seven security personnel were martyred in the terror attack. The conspiracy behind the terrorist attack in Pathankot was hatched in Markaj, Pakistan, as per high-level official sources.

Putting the ball in Pakistan’s court, India yesterday said the attack has once again put renewed focus on the challenge posed by cross-border terrorism. (ANI)

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