Pak wants proof, not just leads; Pathankot headed 26/11 way?

Pres­sure mounts on Pak to act; US sec­re­tary of state calls Nawaz Sharif

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NEW DELHI: Hours af­ter Pak­istan sought “con­crete ev­i­dence” from In­dia re­gard­ing the Pathankot at­tack, US sec­re­tary of state John Kerry spoke to prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif on Satur­day in an ap­par­ent ef­fort to nudge him to act against the per­pe­tra­tors of the ter­ror­ist as­sault.

A state­ment from the Pak­istan prime min­is­ter’s of­fice said Sharif told Kerry dur­ing the tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion late on Satur­day that Pak­istan is “swiftly car­ry­ing out in­ves­ti­ga­tions in a trans­par­ent man­ner and will bring out the truth”.

Sharif also re­it­er­ated Pak­istan’s com­mit­ment to not al­low any­one to use its soil “to con­duct ter­ror op­er­a­tions abroad”. Kerry ex­tended full sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion to Sharif “to find out the truth in the Pathankot ter­ror in­ci­dent”, the state­ment said.

Ear­lier, sources in Is­lam­abad told HT that Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties had con­veyed a re­quest for “con­crete ev­i­dence” to their In­dian coun­ter­parts af­ter Sharif chaired a meet­ing of top of­fi­cials on Fri­day to dis­cuss the as­sault on Pathankot air­base.

The move had raised ap­pre­hen­sions in New Delhi that Pak­istan’s probe into the in­ci­dent could be go­ing the way of the 26/11 in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The de­vel­op­ment came less than a week be­fore a planned meet­ing of the for­eign sec­re­taries of the two sides in Is­lam­abad on Jan­uary 15 to frame the sched­ule and modal­i­ties for the new com­pre­hen­sive di­a­logue process.

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