India links Pakistan to Pathankot attack

INDIA on Tuesday alleged that the Pakistan government is linked to the Pathankot attack while a senior Pakistani official rejected the claim saying that Indian officials need to “update this narrative”. Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar crossed all limits by directly accusing Pakistan when he said that militants could not have carried out the attack without Islamabad’s support.
The latest stance of New Delhi confirms once again that India has no intention of resuming comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan and the unsubstantiated accusations are aimed at derailing the process, which started after persistent goodwill gestures by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after assuming power. India’s initial reaction to Pathankot incident was somewhat encouraging as, against the past practice, it did not instantly level allegations against Pakistan and instead the leadership of the two countries spoke to each other with Islamabad assuring full cooperation in the inquiry into the incident. Pakistan did not confine itself to verbal assurances as it immediately formed a Special Investigation Team, registered an FIR of the case and has been urging India to allow the investigation team to visit the scene of the attack to gather necessary information and evidence. The charges levelled by India come a day after Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi had said that the SIT probing the Pathankot air base attack will complete its investigation in a week. Similar views were expressed by Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Washington where he told newsmen that the investigation team would visit India in the next few days. In this perspective, the statement of the Indian Defence Minister is nothing but an attempt to pollute the atmosphere for holding of talks between the two countries. His remarks show that India was not interested in finding out truth but only wants to use the incident as a tool to whip Pakistan. This amounts to pushing Pakistan against the wall and is also reflective of dictation-giving mindset of Indian leaders. In this scenario, Pakistan must not go an extra-mile in its zest to seek resumption of dialogue and review its strategy as per ground realities.

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