Pathankot attack: Pak PM Nawaz Sharif ‘orders probe into leads given by India’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has actually ordered a probe into the leads provided by India about the Pathankot airbase attack, a media report said on Friday.

He chaired a high-level meeting on Thursday and discussed the attack on the Indian airbase, The Nation reported.

The prime minister and his aides agreed to launch investigations into the evidence provided by India, it said.

A senior official said the leads provided by India were handed over to Intelligence Bureau chief Aftab Sultan for further action.

Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Sharif said Pakistan was ready to boost cooperation along with neighbouring India as part of counterterrorism efforts.

Sharif directed National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua to remain in contact along with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval in a bid to keep renewed dialogue on track after the attack on Pathankot air base.

Another official said the information provided by India was “not enough” as it was just limited to telephone numbers and Pakistan might ask for additional information.
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“We would certainly like to have actually solid information to build a case for action otherwise courts intervene and the suspects will be bailed out,” he added.
He said the meeting agreed that strong action would certainly be taken after probe versus anyone found guilty of involvement in the attack.

The official said that the meeting also decided to speed up implementation of National Action Plan.