India expects robust action from Pak against Pathankot attack perpetrators

New Delhi, Jan. 21 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said India is closely following the investigations by Pakistan in connection with the Pathankot terror attack, adding that New Delhi expects robust action by Islamabad to bring the perpetrators to book.

MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the dates for the NSA-level talks, which were suspended in wake of the Pathankot attack, have not been decided yet.

“The NSAs have not met but they have been in touch. We continue to closely follow up on the progress of the investigations in Pakistan on the Pathankot terrorist attack,” Swarup said at a press briefing here.

“We have provided some actionable intelligence to Pakistan on the basis of which they have arrested some members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, sealed some places. We continue to expect robust action by Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack to book,” he added.

India had shared with Islamabad credible evidence that establishes the attackers link to Pakistan.

The Pakistan Government had last week said it had arrested several members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which is suspected of being behind the Pathankot Air Base attack earlier this month.

The Pakistan PMO in a statement said the government had made “considerable progress” in investigating the attack, and it wanted to send a team of special investigators to the Pathankot Air Base.

“Based on the initial investigations in Pakistan, and the information provided, several individuals belonging to JeM have been apprehended,” the office of Prime Minister Sharif said.

“The offices of the organisation are also being traced and sealed. Further investigations are underway,” it said.

The statement was released after Prime Minister Sharif chaired a high-level civil-military meeting in Islamabad to discuss the regional security situation and the investigation into the Pathankot airbase terrorist attack.

The meeting was attended by attended by top civilian and military leaders, including Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, and other senior officials. (ANI)

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