Pathankot a counter terrorism failure: Report

Raj Kamal Rao
Congress MP P Bhattacharya laying the Standing Committee report in Rajya Sabha

Congress MP P Bhattacharya laying the Standing Committee report in Rajya Sabha

Parliamentary panel on the Pathankot terror attack has pulled up the union government for failing to puts up robust security cover at the Pathankot airbase.

In its report tabled in parliament on Tuesday the Standing Committee on Home Affairs has criticised the government for poorly guarding the perimeter wall of the Air Base in Punjab.

“Something seriously wrong with the country’s counter-terror security establishment at the airbase area,”the report said.

The standing Committee headed by Congress MP P Bhattacharya said that government ignored the available intelligence inputs given by agencies.

“Security agencies were ill-prepared to anticipate these threats in time and counter them swiftly and decisively,” stated the report.

Chairman of the Standing Committee Pradeep Bhattacharya also raised questions on the function of Punjab State Police and asked why police failed to arrest the intruders.

Photo – PTI

Presense of Police and Army persons near Pathankot Air Base area.Photo – PTI

Report said that the committee is unable to understand how terrorists managed to reach the Pathankot airbase in spite of terror alerts being sounded well in advance.

On January 2, the Pathankot air base in Punjab was attacked terrorists having allegiance to the Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist organisation based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, in which four terrorists and three security forces personnel were killed.

A 5-member Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from Pakistan visited India between March 27-31 to collect and document the physical evidence and question key witnesses through the NIA in connection with the attack. However, after returning to Pakistan the JIT had said that the attack had been staged by India.

On April 28, the government had informed the Upper House that Pakistan had been told to allow Indian investigation team to visit their country as India allowed their investigation team.

Government said Pakistan team was allowed on the principle of reciprocity and is hopeful that it will stand by its word.