New Delhi: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the terrorist attacks at Pathankot’s air base and the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif during the high-level security meeting held at the latter’s official 7, Race Course Road (RCR) residence here on Monday.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were also present in the meeting. The Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan scheduled for later this month looks in serious jeopardy with strong indications that the government may call off the engagement if evidence emerges that Pakistan’s state actors were complicit in the attack on Pathankot’s air base.
Swaraj yesterday held meetings with former Indian envoys to Pakistan to discuss the way forward with the neighbouring nation in wake of the Pathankot attack. The security forces have already killed four terrorists. Two more terrorists are believed to be still holed-up inside the base and an operation is underway to flush them out.
Meanwhile, firing continued into day two today near the Indian mission in Afghanistan as the final assault by Afghan forces began in Mazar-i-Sharif. While Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials handled the militants initially on their own, the Afghan Special Forces have joined and now engaged with terrorists along with ITBP. Last night, explosions and gunfire rang out as militants attempted to storm the Indian diplomatic mission in Mazar-i-Sharif city.