Pak arrests suspects of Pathankot airbase attack

New Delhi: Acting upon leads provided by the Indian government, Pakistani authorities conducted several raids, which led to arrests of some suspects involved in Pathankot airbase attack, officials of intelligence service said on Monday.

 

Without disclosing the number of arrests made by Pakistan, the intelligence officials reported that raids were carried out in Gujranwala, Jhelum, and Bahawalpur districts: all in the province of Punjab in Pakistan.

 

According to the officials, it is still uncertain whether the arrested persons were “involved in the attack or some of them facilitated it.”

 

The arrests led Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to order a Joint Investigation Team of IB, Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Federal Investigation Agency and Police to thoroughly probe the Pathankot attack links to Pakistan.

 

Upon a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 5, his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif had promised “prompt and decisive action” against the terrorists involved in the attack, after India provided Islamabad with substantial “specific and actionable” information in this regard.

 

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval clarified that the January 15 foreign secretary level talks will go on as scheduled.

 

With PTI inputs