US Secretary of State John Kerry has assured Pakistan all help to probe the Pathankot terror attack. Kerry also told Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to stay focused on the challenge of terrorism in the region.
“We can confirm Secretary Kerry spoke (over phone) today with Prime Minister Sharif. They discussed a range of bilateral issues of importance to our relationship and the need to stay focused on the pressing challenge of terrorism in the region,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told PTI.
A statement issued by the Pakistan PMO in Islamabad said that “Kerry extended full support to the Prime Minister to find out the truth in the Pathankot terror incident.”
Kerry’s call to Sharif comes a day after the US asked Pakistan to act quickly against the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack that killed 7 Indian jawans.
On January 2, six terrorists allegedly from Pakistan attacked the Air Force base in Pathankot and engaged in a gunbattle with security forces for 4 days before they were gunned down.
Sharif is said to have told Kerry that Pakistan was carrying out a swift and transparent probe into to allegations that the terrorists were from Pakistan.
“We are swiftly carrying out investigations in a transparent manner and will bring out the truth. The world will see our effectiveness and sincerity in this regard, the Prime Minister added,” said the statement about Sharif’s assurance to Pakistan.
Kerry and Sharif also spoke about Indo-US ties.
“The Secretary also reiterated our belief that it remains vital for India and Pakistan to continue working together for a more secure and prosperous region,” Kirby told the press.
After the Pathankot incident, India provided Pakistan “specific and actionable information” regarding the attack.
Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet later this week as part of reviving the peace process. Even though Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s advisor to the PM said that the talks were still on, there has been no word on it from the Indian side.
(With inputs from PTI)