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Pathankot air base attack: FIR registered in Gujranwala against attackers, abettors

Updated Feb 19, 2016 12:34pm


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LAHORE: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab police on Friday registered a First-Information Report (FIR) against the alleged attackers of the Pathankot airbase in India and their abettors, the CTD spokesman said.

A copy of the FIR. A copy of the FIR.

FIR number 06/2016 was registered in the CTD police station Gujranwala under sections 302, 324 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, and sections 7 and 21-I of the Anti-Terrorism Act, the CTD spokesman said.

A formal investigation was launched following the registration of the FIR, he said, adding that a joint investigation team will probe the attack and those involved will be brought to trial in accordance with law.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the FIR has been registered on the basis of initial evidence provided by India and that further action will be taken once more evidence is uncovered.

He said the FIR should dispel misgivings other countries have regarding Pakistan's commitment towards eradicating terrorism. "We will not allow non-state actors to use Pakistani soil to plot terror attacks on other countries."

A copy of the FIR obtained by Dawn says Indian National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval informed authorities that the four attackers had come from Pakistan and had "probably crossed the border adjacent to the Pathankot general area". The NSA is cited as saying that while in India, they made phone calls to cell phones and belonged to a proscribed organisation.

The incident comes just a day after Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar accused Pakistan of not being serious about the Pathankot probe.

Following Indian accusations earlier this year that militant group Jaish-i-Mohammad was responsible for the attacks, Pakistani authorities cracked down on the group, sealing a Jaish-run seminary in Sialkot and taking group leader Masood Azhar into protective custody.

The Pathankot air base attack occurred just days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a 'surprise' visit to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his birthday and the occasion of his granddaughter's wedding ─ a move that appeared to promise better relations between the neighbouring countries in the coming year.

After Modi's visit, the Pakistani and Indian foreign secretaries were scheduled to meet to discuss modalities regarding the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue agreed upon during Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Islamabad for the Heart of Asia conference in December.

The dialogue was to take on matters related to peace and security, Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage, Tulbul Navigation Project, economic and commercial cooperation, counter-terrorism, narcotics control and humanitarian issues, people to people exchanges and religious tourism.

However, the meeting between the foreign secretaries is yet to take place. Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said no dates for the talks have been decided, but both sides are in touch regarding the matter.


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Awais Ali Feb 19, 2016 10:57am

Good move. India should change its attitude. Pakistan always cooperated but Indian politicians always provoked and played politics on every issue related to Pakistan.

Abdullah Feb 19, 2016 10:58am

there are a million FIRs registered daily across Pakistan with no action on them........Pakistani and Indian Police are incompetent alike...........this is just for making our Indian brothers feel that something is happening ......India and Pakistan should not relate peace to these type of incidents because extremists at both sides want a war and they use all tactics ......We should act mature, not care about these type of incidents and make bold and brave decisions for making peace no matter how much opposition we face from the extremists....

Abdullah Feb 19, 2016 11:11am

FIR is a secret document which should not be published like even contains the cell nos....a newspaper report is good enough.......

DVK Feb 19, 2016 11:17am

Preparation formalities before Modi and Navaz Sharif talks in US? To be forgotten and burried soon.

RAJA CHILL Feb 19, 2016 11:43am

Thefts of cars or cattle are registered faster than this... complicated relationship between countries !!

pk Feb 19, 2016 11:43am

Words are not enough but action is needed.

Mayu Feb 19, 2016 11:45am

This is the first time FIR is filed. should be appreciated. But it tun into a big test

subh Feb 19, 2016 12:30pm

Finally a FIR, Lets see how much time Pak take to start the Investigation

rehan Feb 19, 2016 12:45pm

More action will be taken unless India allows access to Pathankot . Otherwise Indians can forget about this for a while.

rehan Feb 19, 2016 12:46pm

@subh As soon as India lets us access to Pathankot where it all took place.

Desi Dimag Feb 19, 2016 01:24pm

Aah Finally.

Zak Feb 19, 2016 01:28pm

We are sincere in our investigations and have apprehended the culprits, is India sane enough to give freedom to Kashmir, Pakistan's further actions against Mumbai/Pathankot attackers depend on India's willingness to listen to the aspirations of Kashmiris and give them complete freedom.

USMAN REHMAN Feb 19, 2016 01:34pm

Finall, an FIR. Way too fast.

Salim Khan Feb 19, 2016 01:47pm

Step in the right direction, even if it came after pressure from the USA.

Vasan Feb 19, 2016 01:50pm

Good step, Pakistan accepted the crime happened, and FIR filed after 50 days. Send them to New Delhi Patiyala court, we will take care them.

Shehzad Feb 19, 2016 02:16pm

FIR is a good step.

But how does it mean Pakistan accepted the crime @Vasan?

Heard of alleged involvement of non state actors? For all we know it could be non state actors based in India as well.

M.Saeed Feb 19, 2016 02:22pm

This is very encouraging. Now, we must also address the Mumbai attack and unearth its reality. We must also find the faults in the border security arrangements on both sides that allow easy and unchecked border crossings for all purposes, including terror, smuggling and other illegal activities and make them foolproof.

salam Feb 19, 2016 02:28pm

Good work PM. Please keep visiting schools instead of foreign countries and it will help the nation at large.

Ahmed USA Feb 19, 2016 02:31pm

See Modi gee we have done our part... Now the ball is in your court... Let's talk Samjotha Express, Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek now...

subh Feb 19, 2016 02:53pm

@rehan - Pak Gov have to formally send Team to India, not through media or Punjab Gov minister who has no rights here

nurul huda Feb 19, 2016 03:07pm

@Abdullah, sir, your every comment is worth reading. Degree of your positiveness is so high that i cannot explain in words. Best of luck & great life ahead....!!

Azmeen Feb 19, 2016 03:09pm

A good step from Pak. Hope, India will also reciprocate.

Jayram Feb 19, 2016 03:11pm

@Abdullah Very True

Khwarezmi Feb 19, 2016 03:19pm

Who in India will cut a FIR against the people in RAW who have funded bombings and killed thousands across Pakistan? Can any good Indian please answer this?

Mehak Gulab Feb 19, 2016 03:22pm

Late verdict; but considering challenges on many fronts affecting the nation this delay is reasonable. India & Pakistan need to co operate on many fronts & grow as friendly neighbors!

ka Feb 19, 2016 03:31pm

Pak should investigate the base on fect

right said wqar Feb 19, 2016 03:51pm

Good action taken by pak government

Tariq, Lahore Feb 19, 2016 04:01pm

Both of the neighboring governments understand fully well that the 'hawks' on both sides do not wish for peace at any cost yet the Indian sirkar at the first drop of the hat takes two steps back from all the hard work done through the 'backdoor'diplomacy. One can only assume that the Indian sirkar is not serious in pursuit of peace, because if they truly wanted peace they would push ahead even in the face of adversity and put the hawks in their place!

Azmeen Feb 19, 2016 04:07pm

@Vasan Pak has not accepted anything but has shown her willingness to investigate the incidence. Now India needs to give access to Pak investigation team to the Pathankot airbase to complete investigation.

Manoj Feb 19, 2016 04:11pm

Let's be clear. If an Indian base is attacked, the fault lies with Indian establishment. Wanting a Pakistani FIR is like crying like a child. There needs to be continuous covert operations and intelligence to nip it in the bud whatever be the cost.

SHAHID MAHMOOD Feb 19, 2016 04:13pm

@Khwarezmi Totally agree. The Indians will never do that.

bryan Feb 19, 2016 04:36pm

Over the past few weeks I came across many office workers who had Punjabi connections. Strangely though most of them claimed ancestry to Peshawar, Lahore, Gujrawala, Rawalpindi. And all their grandparents were born in today's Pakistan. I had a chat with the Sardarji who drove me to the airport gave me a glimpse of his village in Gah. He clearly remembers his childhood there. He had to leave his ancestral home and came to Delhi with empty pockets. That one hour taxi ride was quite a time I had. Listening to these people made me feel different. I can't explain how deeply these people love their place of origin. Then there is news of attacks, dialogues, negotiations etc. Well... hope sense prevails at both ends.

burkha Feb 19, 2016 04:40pm

@kwahrezmi if we produce enough evidence like india done, we could pressurize the indian government to file FIR, every time we simply accusing the RAW .. that's why the world doesn't care about our complaints...

Sri Feb 19, 2016 05:20pm

@burkha very true

M. Siddique Feb 19, 2016 05:28pm

India killed all the attackers. Did they share DNA of those killers? Also, did India go after the Kashmiri organization who claimed responsibility? Too many unanswered questions. India needs to do their part as well.

risky Feb 19, 2016 05:43pm

Finally, finally there could be justice. Nawaz is the right person to lead Pakistan back on the right side of the world.

ifti2002 Feb 19, 2016 06:06pm

Why they didnt launched a FIR for my Kashmir?

Sridhar Raghunatha Rao Feb 19, 2016 06:10pm

A good confidence building measure.

Realzak Feb 19, 2016 06:13pm

@Zak did your own leaders did something for Kashmir answer is No.Dont blame India for everything when problem is with Nawaz league which never took Kashmir issue seriously.Be real first and see whos making problems for Kashmir, stop blaming other countries when issue lies in you.

USA Feb 19, 2016 06:23pm

@rehan... Are you kidding me? You want India to provide access to its military base? You very well know that it is not going to happen.

AG Feb 19, 2016 07:14pm

does it means that NS accepted that India was right?

Raja Feb 19, 2016 08:02pm

@Abdullah Great comments

M Azam Feb 19, 2016 08:12pm

Police do not register FIR's from Pakistanis demanding justice for acts in Pakistan yet events taking place in India and London lead to our Law Enforcement agencies pursuing cases in the Pakistani law courts.

How banal ?

ali sikandar chachar Feb 19, 2016 09:34pm

Pakistan has taken this action under pressure. Pakistan should not have registered an F I r for the alleged crime which was taken place in India.

Aditi Kaushik Feb 19, 2016 09:51pm

Good move. Let Pakistan be seen as a positive and prosperous nation.

Ash20 Feb 19, 2016 10:18pm

FIR after almost 40 days. Does anybody think that they will be able get any proof now? Intentions are clear and this will result in exact same way as Mumbai attack FIR.

Zak Feb 19, 2016 10:43pm

Punjab Govt registering an FIR on unregistered sims , provided by India. Wasting everyone's times. Hopeless government.

GAWAL MANDI YA Feb 19, 2016 11:06pm

For once I would like to see India appreciate Pakistan's efforts,Pakistan authorities are doing what they said they would,India needs to stop whining for a change and stick to the plan.Every other day,the Indians find a reason not to talk.

Shekar Feb 19, 2016 11:33pm

F.I.R. after the culprit runs away & hides in Afghanistan. Very well planned.

Ajaya K Dutt Feb 20, 2016 12:05am

A very welcome change in Pakistan attitude. Hope it comes through and not a fake.

AFaisal USA Feb 20, 2016 12:10am

@rehan No first investigate the evidence you have and bring those people to justice. What you are going to find in India that is just trying to get out. First tell in public what you are looking for. Stop making excuses.

jeetainder Feb 20, 2016 08:58am

Real Culprits are roaming freely & pawns are being booked.

Smita Feb 20, 2016 06:22pm

@Abdullah Very succinctly put. Kudos to your observation.

Akil Akhtar Feb 22, 2016 07:11am

@burkha Not matter how much evidence we produce india will not move since there is no pressure from the western powers...india openly boasts about their role in supporting insurgency in east Pakistan does anyone in the world care.....We need to get out of UN and build our own defences...

M Khan Feb 22, 2016 11:08am

Every time there is hope of better relations between India and Pakistan, this kind of incidence takes place . We need to find the perpetrators of this crime and their supporters. Unless we do that we can not have needed peace in South Asia. M Khan USA