US to Pak: Act fast against Pathankot attackers

RSTV Bureau
Pathankot: Security personnel during their operation against the militants who attacked the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on Sunday, January 3, 2015. Photo - PTI

Pathankot: Security personnel during their operation against the militants who attacked the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on Sunday, January 3, 2015.
Photo – PTI

The US has warned Pakistan to carry out a thorough probe into the Pathankot attack just as it had promised. Days after Pakistan promised to probe the Pathankot attack and bring its perpetrators to justice, the US has asked Pakistan to walk the talk.

“They (Pakistan) have said publicly that they are going to investigate. They have said publicly that they are not going to discriminate between terrorist groups. We look to see actions to back up those words,” a US State official said.

“They said that they (Pakistan) would investigate it and we need to let that process go forward. But obviously we want to see that the perpetrators be brought to account (as soon as possible),” the official added.

It is reported that senior US government officials have been in close contact with their Pakistani counterparts in the aftermath of the attacks in Pathankot and Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif. The US is urging them to take the right course of action.

“We understand this is a challenging time. This is a complicated relationship. We do not agree with Pakistan about everything…We look to see actions to back up those words,” the official said.

According to the US, the absence of concrete action by Pakistan against the terrorist groups, will make it difficult for the Obama administration to push through any new military aid for Pakistan in the US Congress.

It is also reported the Obama government will also not be able to convince the Republican-controlled Congress to approve the sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan if Islamabad is seen as reluctant in taking action against terrorist groups.

Meanwhile in Pakistan, Defence Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has again reiterated PM Nawaz Sharif’s stand that terrorists will be allowed to derail the dialogue process with India.

“No terrorist organisation will be allowed to derail the dialogue process between Pakistan and India,” said Asif as quoted by Radio Pakistan.

On January 2, heavily armed terrorists attacked the Air Force base in Pathankot killing 7 Indian jawans. The attackers are believed to have infiltrated from Pakistan and it has been speculated that the 6 terrorists that attacked the air base may have belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit.

(With inputs from agencies)