Islamabad: After a second high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan today said it is “reviewing progress” on the leads provided by India which has sought “firm and immediate action” against the terrorists behind the attack on the Pathankot air base.
“The meeting also discussed the Pathankot attack incident and expressed Pakistan’s condemnation of this incident and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to cooperate with India to completely eradicate the menace of terrorism afflicting our region.
“In line with Pakistan’s commitment to effectively counter and eradicate terrorism, the meeting reviewed the progress made on the information provided by the Government of India. It was decided to remain in touch with the Government of India in this regard,” a statement issued after the meeting by Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office said.
The meetings have been held against the backdrop of India’s insistence on action by Pakistan especially when Sharif called Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone from Colombo and promised “prompt and decisive action” against the terrorists.
The meeting today, the second in two days, was attended by army chief General Raheel Sharif, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, National Security Advisor Lt General (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, DG ISI Lt General Rizwan Akhtar and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry among others.
It expressed confidence that building on the goodwill generated by the recent high-level contacts, the two countries would remain committed to a sustained, meaningful and comprehensive dialogue process, the statement said. The meeting affirmed Pakistan’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
“It was noted with satisfaction that Pakistan’s counter-terrorism campaign had made significant gains and that Pakistan’s entire leadership and institutions were working in complete harmony to counter terrorism and extremism,” it said.
“The people of Pakistan have evolved a political consensus for action against all terrorists and terrorist organisations without any distinction, and have resolved that no terrorist would be allowed to use Pakistan’s soil for committing terrorism anywhere in the world,” it added.
In a pre-dawn attack on January 2, a group of heavily- armed Pakistani terrorists, suspected to be belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, struck at the Air Force base in Punjab, killing seven security personnel.