ISLAMABAD - India is happy with Pakistan’s investigations into the Pathankot attack so far, officials said yesterday.

These officials told The Nation that New Delhi was being updated on a regular basis on the developments and both the sides were positive about the foreign secretaries meeting in Islamabad later this month.

Last day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had ordered investigations into the New Delhi leads regarding the Pathankot airbase attack after consulting the top aides and the military.

Islamabad, however, believes the evidence was insufficient and sought more information from India for results.

A senior government official, privy to the developments, told The Nation that Indians had lauded the efforts by the Pakistani counterparts to expose the elements behind the January 2 attack that threatened to affect the newly-agreed comprehensive dialogue process.

There were hints India could call off the January 15 foreign secretary-level talks but prompt action by Prime Minister Sharif saved the ties from deteriorating.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed that foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India will meet on January 15 to discuss the modalities and time schedule of the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue.

The adviser said the planned meeting would discuss the modalities and time schedule of the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue, which would discuss all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Report said Pakistan was scrutinising two Pakistani cellphone numbers given by India that were allegedly used by the attackers of the Pathankot airbase. India had earlier provided the two cellphone numbers to authorities in Pakistan with the claim that the attackers of Pathankot airbase called from the Indian city to the numbers. Both the numbers - 03000597212 and 03017775253 – are switched off.

The official said the prime minister and the military leadership have agreed that if any element from Pakistan was found involved in the Pathankot incident, there will be a stern action.

“The decision-makers are determined to punish terrorists if they are active in Pakistan or conspiring against other countries,” he said.

He added, “Indians are happy with the steps taken so far. They believe at this pace we will be able to find out something. Islamabad and New Delhi are in regular contact. We have asked for more information from India to take things further.”  

Another official said Prime Minister Sharif had asked the authorities concerned to remain more vigilant on the border areas to ensure the terrorists do not succeed in spoiling the efforts for peace with India.

“Intelligence in the cities closer to the border with India has been beefed up. Any suspect will be arrested and interrogated,” he added.

Defence analyst Dr Mohammed Khan said Pakistan and India needed to find out who was behind the attack on Pathankot airbase because it was the common enemy.

“After the Pathankot incident, Indian media created a false propaganda that the military establishment of Pakistan was against the talks between India and Pakistan. The army chief and the prime minister both have however, stressed Pakistan will fully cooperate with India in elimination and countering terrorism,” he said.

Dr Khan said Pakistan had warmly welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he came to Pakistan. “The international community also appreciated the meeting between the premiers and stressed to resolve all matters by using the option of dialogue,” he said.

Another defence analyst Major General Jamshed Ayaz (r) said Pakistan was itself facing terrorism for the last 15 years and several attacks like Pathankot had already occurred in Pakistan.

“Pakistan has solid evidence and proofs of Indian involvement in Balochistan and Karachi but we want peace in the region by holding dialogue,” he said.

General Ayaz said the people of both the countries also wanted to see friendly relations between Pakistan and India adding, “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and assured him to fully cooperate in the investigation of Pathankot airbase attack and conveyed him that Pakistan will take prompt and decisive step against responsible if any.”

He said the top military and civil leadership had reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to eliminate terrorism and not allow anybody to use its land against any neighbouring country.

Senior analyst Professor Dr Hussain Soharwardi said Pakistan wanted to maintain peace and was hopeful for the continuity of peace process with India. “Pakistan has clearly conveyed the message of full cooperation to India after the Pathankot attack ,” he added.