Pakistan to find truth behind attack on Indian base

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tells US Secretary of State John Kerry that investigation will "bring out the truth" behind attack on Indian air force base where seven military personnel were killed

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that the fast probe of last week's attack on an Indian air force base in Pathankot would "bring out the truth."

The offensive against the base near the Pakistan border raised concerns about the diplomatic talks to be held later this month between India and Pakistan.

The statement said “Kerry extended full support to the Prime Minister to find out the truth in the Pathankot terror incident.”

On Jan. 2 several militants launched an assault against the base and killed seven Indian security personnel and wounded 22 others.

According to a statement from the office of the Pakistani prime minister on Saturday, Kerry told Sharif during a phone call that he hoped the attack would not affect the talks which Kerry said are in the interest of regional security.

"The Prime Minister told Secretary Kerry that we are swiftly carrying out investigations in a transparent manner and will bring out the truth," the statement said.

"The world will see our effectiveness and sincerity in this regard."

The incident could threaten a scheduled meeting between the foreign secretaries of the nuclear-armed neighbouring countries which is supposed to be held on Jan,15. It is not clear yet if it will be held or not.

A meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan had been scheduled for Jan 15, but India has called on Islamabad to take "prompt and decisive" action against militants it blames for the assault, which only ended after a four-day operation to secure the base.

The US hopes that the talks will continue because “continuation of India-Pakistan talks is needed in the interest of regional stability and the leadership role by both the Prime Ministers is required to ensure continuous dialogue,” said the statement.

Islamabad has been largely accused by New Delhi of supporting militants and backing them in attacks launched against Indians, but Pakistan denied the accusations.

It is unclear how the militants were able to reach the base despite the high-level security measurements and the 3-metre (10-foot) wall topped with concertina wire.

TRTWorld and agencies