PM Narendra Modi reaches Pathankot, tight security in place

Pathankot(PTI): PM Narendra Modi has reached Pathankot, where suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists carried out an attack this week.

Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister reached the Pathankot air base at around 11:30 am. He will be assessing the situation at the air base after the combing operation finished on Friday.

The visit holds significance in the midst speculations that the Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan could be called off by New Delhi in the wake of the attack. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday put the ball in Pakistan’s court, saying the future course of action would be decided after Islamabad’s response to actionable intelligence provided with regard to the fidayeen strike.

“As far as we are concerned, the ball is now in Pakistan’s court. The immediate issue in front of us is Pakistan’s response to the terrorist attack and the actionable intelligence that has been provided to it,” said MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup, adding that the government’s policy towards Pakistan is clear and consistent.

In the course of investigation, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found several articles on the bodies of the terrorists and from the crime scene that further confirm their Pakistan link. The investigation agencies have reportedly found wrappers and packets of medicines and syringes bearing name of Karachi and Pakistan from a building at the Pathankot Air base, where terrorists had taken shelter during the attack. Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh has been summoned to the NIA headquarters on Monday for questioning. Singh and his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma said to have been abducted by the terrorists on the night of December 31.

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