Sharif chairs meet­ing on at­tack with eye on Indo-Pak di­a­logue

Pak­istan prime min­is­ter re­views ac­tion on leads pro­vided by New Delhi

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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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