Pakistan has condemned the terror attack at the Pathankot Air Force Base and said it is working on the leads provided by the Indian government on the attack, believed to have been carried out by the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad.
“In line with Pakistan’s commitment to effectively counter and eradicate terrorism, the government is in touch with the Indian government and is working on the leads provided by it,” Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released from Islamabad.
The statement, however, did not elaborate upon what these leads were.
The attack, it said, should not derail the dialogue process between the two countries but actually strengthen the resolve to take it forward.
The Foreign Secretaries of the two countries are scheduled to meet on January 14 and 15 in Islamabad. After the ongoing attack that has left seven Indian security personnel martyred and 20 injured, India is considering delaying the meeting, sources have told NDTV. It may choose to first ask for a consultation between National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Naseer Khan Janjua, they added.
“Living in the same region and with a common history, the two countries should remain committed to a sustained dialogue process. The challenge of terrorism calls for strengthening our resolve to a cooperative approach,” the Pakistan foreign office said.
The statement says Pakistan, itself a victim of terrorism, empathises with the families of soldiers killed in the Pathankot attack. “The unfortunate terrorist incident in Pathankot, India, has been categorically condemned by Pakistan. We understand the pain of many families who have lost their dear ones in this tragedy, as Pakistan itself is a major victim of terrorism. We have extended our deepest condolences to the Government and people of India,” it said.