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Pathankot terror attack: Nawaz Sharif assures action to PM Modi

New Delhi: Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and promised “prompt and decisive action” against the terrorists behind the Pathankot attack as the Indian leader pressed for immediate steps on “specific and actionable” information provided to them. Modi received a call this afternoon from the Prime Minister of Pakistan regarding the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase, the PMO said.

 Modi with Sharif PTI File Photo

During the telephonic conversation, Modi “strongly emphasized the need for Pakistan to take firm and immediate action against the organizations and individuals responsible for and linked to the Pathankot terrorist attack,” the PMO said in a statement. The statement said “specific and actionable information in this regard has been provided to Pakistan”.

Sharif “assured Prime Minister Modi that his government would take prompt and decisive action against the terrorists,” the PMO said.

Reports suggest that India expects Pakistan to take action against the leaders of terrorist group Jaish-e- Muhammaed , which scripted the attack on Pathankot, as a pre-condition for the talks. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier in the day said it expects cooperation from Islamabad for tracing the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack, saying it was clear that they were from Pakistan on the basis of the calls they made.

The Congress Party dubbed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s assurance that he would initiate prompt action against those responsible for the attack on the Pathankot air base as ‘hollow’ and cautioned that India should not be misled by it. “Will their Army or ISI allow action against Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and Masood Azhar” Let’s not be misled,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said. “It is typical since Mumbai, hollow assurances and premise of sympathy,” he added.

with agencies