Pathankot terror attack affected India-Pakistan dialogue process, says Nawaz Sharif

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that the dialogue process was affected due to the Pathankot attack. “Talks with India were progressing, but the Pathankot attack had affected the dialogue process,” he said.

As per CNN-IBN report, Indian government sources said that if Pakistan made some headway in the Pathankot attack probe, then India-Pakistan talks could continue.

India gave “specific and actionable information” to Pakistan soon after the Pathankot attack reportedly carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists on the intervening night of January 1 and 2 that killed seven Indian soldiers. Pakistani National Security Advisor Lt Gen Naseer Khan Janjua on January 5 called up his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval during which they discussed “specific and actionable information” related to the Pathankot terror strike.

Sharif on last week had said India has given fresh leads relating to the Pathankot terror attack and Pakistan is verifying the facts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“I have received fresh leads from India on the Pathankot attack and we will look and examine those evidences given by India. We could have hidden it or forgotten it but we asserted that we have received the evidences,” Sharif said on a day when US President Barack Obama termed the Pathankot terror strike as “another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long”. “Pakistan has an opportunity to show that it is serious about delegitimising, disrupting and dismantling terror networks,” Obama said.Pathankot attack and we will look and examine those evidences given by India. We could have hidden it or forgotten it but we asserted that we have received the evidences,” Sharif said on a day when US President Barack Obama termed the Pathankot terror strike as “another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long”. “Pakistan has an opportunity to show that it is serious about delegitimising, disrupting and dismantling terror networks,” Obama said.

“We are probing and verifying that. Once we are done with that we would definitely bring the facts forward. Along with that, we have also formed a special investigating team, they would go to India and collect more evidence,” Sharif said here on his arrival from Davos after attending the World Economic Forum. “I had a word with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he had offered every help possible from their side in bringing the perpetrators to justice. We are going on the right lines and I hope the perpetrators will be brought to justice soon,” said Sharif who promised further Pakistani action to combat militants but conceded that progress had often been slow.

Seven security personnel were martyred and six terrorists were killed in the Pathankot attack.

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