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Expect robust action from Pak: India

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Jan 21 - Asserting that it is �closely� following the progress in the investigation in Pakistan on the Pathankot terrorist attack, India today said it expects �robust action� from Islamabad to bring the perpetrators to book.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup also dismissed as �baseless� the allegations that India was behind an attack at a university at Charsadda in Pakistan, in which at least 20 people, mostly students, were massacred by heavily-armed suicide attackers yesterday.

�The issue has also not been raised officially with us by Pakistan,� he said.

Maintaining that both National Security Advisors and Foreign Secretaries of the two countries are in touch with each other, he said a meeting between S Jaishankar and his counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary will take at a �mutually convenient date�, but refused to put any time frame.

On the visit of a Pakistan SIT in connection with the terror attack, he said the government has not got any information after the first official statement by the Pakistan government on a possible visit by an investigation team here and was awaiting for a �firm proposal�.

�In principle, we have welcomed the decision of Pakistan government to consider sending a SIT team... Rest is a matter of details. What they can see, where they can go, what will be terms of reference � those need to be worked out by agencies on both sides, provided the Pakistan government firms up its decision to send the team,� he said.

He was asked about comments by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that a JIT proposed by Pakistan will not be allowed to visit the Pathankot air base � the site of the terror attack.

�The two NSAs have not met but they have been in touch. We continue to closely follow on the progress in the investigation in Pakistan on the Pathakot terrorist attack... We continue to expect robust action by Pakistan against all the perpetrators,� he said.

Reiterating that India has given actionable intelligence to Pakistan, he said, �We are looking for the credible and comprehensive action to bring all the perpetrators of Pathankot terror attack to justice.� � PTI

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