PM Narendra Modi visits injured soldiers in Pathankot

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

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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Modi is visiting the area where terrorists were holed up and where soldiers were martyred. He will also meet injured soldiers.

India has indicated to Pakistan that crucial talks between the Foreign Secretaries of both countries are unlikely to go ahead next week unless Pakistan delivers “prompt and decisive action” on the evidence it has given.

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The US feels that time has come for Pakistan to walk the talk on the promises it made — both in public and in private conversations — that there would be no discrimination in its action against terrorist networks and bring the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack to justice.

Live updates:

12:48 p.m.: U.S. wants Pakistan to act fast against Pathankot attack perpetrators

“They [Pakistan] have said publicly that they are going to investigate. They have said publicly that they are not going to discriminate between terrorist groups. We look to see actions to back up those words.” More…

12:08 p.m.: During his visit, Mr. Modi is also likely to undertake an aerial survey of the Indo-Pak border areas, official sources say.

12:05 p.m.: Tight security arrangements are in place for the PM’s visit.

12:05 p.m.: Mr. Modi meets senior Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Army officers.

11:53 a.m.: The PMO officials say that Mr. Modi did some tough talking on the issue of taking action against those who were behind the attack based on the evidence gathered by the National Investigative Agency and Indian security forces.

11:31 a.m: Mr. Modi arrives in Pathankot.

10:45 a.m.: The only thing the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has conclusively established after taking over the probe is the point of entry of the terrorists who stormed the airbase last week. Bodies of only four attackers have been found till now. More…

10:30 a.m.: Mr. Modi leaves for Pathonkot.