Indian government provides evidence to Pakistan concerning Pathankot attack

Indian government has handed over its evidence to Pakistan’s government which states involvement of Pakistan in the recent Pakthankot attack in India.

India has given the evidence to Pakistan prior to the Foreign Secretary Level talks between the two states. The talks are expected to carry out on January 14 and 15.

The government of India is now waiting for a response from Pakistan where Pakistan, on the other hand, has accepted that evidence is provided to them but its verification is under process of the authenticity.

The Indian government has alleged that General Raheel Sharif was fully aware of the attack.

The allegation suggests that it is being portrayed that Pakistan’s army and government are not on the same page of cooperation with India.

Lately, The United Jihad Council (UJC) passed a statement where they had claimed that the Pathankot attack was a message to India that Kashmiri fighters could strike at any place and installation across India. They had clearly stated that Pakistan is not in any case involved in the attack.

“Pathankot air base attack has been carried out by the mujahideen associated with National Highway Squad,” Spokesperson of UJC Syed Sadaqat Hussain

The UJC is a party that consists of over a dozen militant groups who are fighting against the Indian rule in the disputed region of Kashmir.

United Jihad Council is headed by Syed Salahuddin.

Earlier these days, a group of gunmen attacked IAF base in India which bordered Pakistan.

Indian media and politicians created a hype stating that the attack was carried out by ISI and Pakistan.

The Air Base was cordoned off and a heavy contingent of police was deployed to the area with elite Paramilitary Force of the National Security Guard (NSG) and the Guard Commando Force was called in when the attack took place.

According to report from New Delhi, the attack began at around 3.30 am local time (22:00 GMT) and that the attackers entered the base wearing military uniforms.

After the claim of UJC it has been clear that Pakistan had nothing to do with the attack.

“Pakistan has nothing to do with the attack but ironically the Indian government, media and their armed forces are suffering from Pakistan phobia,” added the UJC spokesman.

Four of the gunmen were killed in a shootout with security forces early on Saturday morning.

Exchanges of fire were believed to have ended at the base in Pathankot, located about 50 km from the Pakistan border.

Initially, officials are not sure yet who these gunmen were as they said that the remaining attackers had been contained to a non-operational area of the base.

“Pakistan is our neighbour and we want peace, but any terrorist attack on India will get a befitting response,” Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The latest attack was likely to deal a blow to attempts to revive political dialogue between the two nuclear-armed neighbors after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an impromptu visit to Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in late December.

One Indian Home Ministry official said Punjab and Jammu states were on high alert and all defense bases had been sealed.

Attacking an air base is a serious security threat. The new strategy of the terrorists is to identify defense bases near the border and launch attacks, said the official, who was not authorized to comment on the record.

The attack, the most serious of its kind in recent years, came a week after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an impromptu visit to Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in a bid to revive bilateral talks that had previously been derailed by militant attacks.

Border police chief Vijay Singh said the operation to eliminate the gunmen had lasted three hours. The airbase was being combed to determine the fate of the remaining attackers.

According to news reports, the gunmen wore army uniform. One Indian security source blamed the attack on a Pakistan based militant group, but said it posed no threat to civilians.

Air force spokeswoman Rochelle D’Silva says the gunmen entered the living quarters of the base, about 430km north of New Delhi, but were not able to penetrate the area with fighter helicopters and other equipment.

As the claim has been made by UJC, India has been given a clear message by the Kashmiri separatists.

“It would be better for the Indian leadership to read the writing on the wall and let the Kashmiri people decide thier fate on their own free accord, without further waste of time,” statement from UJC

The raid resembled an assault last July by gunmen on a police post in a Punjabi border town that killed nine people. However, Saturday’s pre-dawn attack appeared to have been much more audacious by targeting a large military facility.