Manohar Parrikar

India demands serious investigation into Pathankot attack

NEW DELHI: Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that registration of a First Information Report (FIR) in the Pathankot attack by Pakistan is not enough.

“Registration of a case is merely a step ahead, but it won’t do. There should be serious investigation. Our effort is that they should take legal action to our satisfaction,” Parrikar said in an interview with NDTV.

Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police in Gujranwala (Pakistan) on Friday registered a FIR against the alleged attackers of the Pathankot airbase in India and their abettors, kicking off a formal investigation into the attack which had claimed the lives of at least seven Indian troops and four militants in January this year.

Following the attack India had accused militant group Jaish-i-Mohammad of being responsible for the attack. Pakistani authorities cracked down on the group, sealing a Jaish-run seminary in Sialkot and taking group leader Masood Azhar into protective custody.

Later Pakistan said it was “considering to send a special investigation team to Pathankot, in consultation with the government of India.”

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said on Sunday that India had agreed to receive Pakistani investigators for probing its allegations about the involvement of some groups or people from Pakistan in

Talking about the mutual demilitarisation of Siachen glacier, Parrikar said no such question arises, noting that India occupies the higher peaks.

Parrikar, who was banned from speaking to the media for six months for issuing controversial statements last year, reasserted that “India will hit back at terror groups in their own language.” adding that “those who inflicted pain on India will have to pay,” he said.

“When, what and how it will be done will depend on our convenience,” he said.

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