Pathankot airbase attack case against ‘unknown terrorists’ in Pakistan

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LAHORE (Web Desk) – Police in Pakistan have filed a complaint against ‘unknown terrorists’ in the Pathankot airbase attack case today (Friday),
The First Information Report (FIR) has been registered by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Punjab Police in Gujranwala on a complaint filed by Deputy Home Secretary Aitzaz-ud-Din.

Seven Indian soldiers were killed in the January 2 attack by six gunmen who entered the high security Pathankot air base in the northern state of Punjab.

India had handed over evidence to Pakistan which reportedly includes recordings of phone calls between the terrorists and their alleged handlers in Pakistan.

Earlier on January 13, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced arrest of several suspects belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed group believed to be behind attack on Indian air base.

Islamabad is also considering sending a team to Pathankot to seek “additional information” to spur the investigation.

The attack — a rare targeting of an Indian military installation – threatened to undermine improving relations with Pakistan after decades of fractious ties.

It came just a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian leader to visit Pakistan in 11 years.

Foreign secretary level talks between the countries were also postponed after the incident, however, the Foreign Office on Thursday urged India to announce date of dialogue at earliest.

During a weekly news briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Nafees Zakria said the date of the foreign secretary level talks should now be finalzied as early as possible following the Indian policy statement not to link talks with the progress on Pathankot incident.

He said both the sides are in contact on the issue, but no date has yet been fixed.

2016-02-19

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