Sharif chairs meeting on attack with eye on Indo-Pak dialogue
Pakistan prime minister reviews action on leads provided by New Delhi
NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Friday reviewed the progress on leads provided by India about the Pathankot attack, a day after New Delhi linked next week’s talks between the foreign secretaries to Islamabad’s response to the audacious strike.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been assessing the situation and stressed on the need for urgent action when he spoke to Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, is likely to visit the air force station on Saturday, government sources said.
However, Punjab DGP Suresh Arora told HT there was no official communication regarding the visit.
While Islamabad pushed for a sustained dialogue in the wake of the terrorist attack that has cast a shadow on bilateral ties, authorities in New Delhi said they were awaiting a formal response from Pakistan on the demand for “prompt action”.
Sources said India had shared actionable intelligence about the terrorists, believed to be from the Pakistan-based Jaishe-Mohammed group.
“There is no deadline. But we hope Pakistan takes action in time so that the scheduled talks are not hampered,” said an official.
Sleuths of t he National Investigation Agency (NIA) are probing whether the attackers in Pathankot had help from inside to enter the airbase and remain hidden for nearly 24 hours, sources said.
The federal anti-terror agency on Friday formally summoned Punjab police officer Salwinder Singh who claims he along with a friend and a cook were abducted by terrorists involved in the attack. Sources said the SP may also have to go through a polygraph test.
Investigators say the probe into the attack will also determine whether weapons used by the attackers came in drugs consignments and the terrorists secured passage with the help of local drug cartels who may or may not have known their real identity.
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