After three gruelling days of the Indian commandos’ counter-attack to the terrorists who infiltrated an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on January 02, the exchange of gunfire still continues with reports claiming that the number of terrorists may be more than expected.
So far, seven Indian army men have been killed in the attack. The martyrs were cremated today in full state honours with many of the prominent Indian politicians expressing their condolences and condemning the attack. Himachal Pradesh government announced a compensation of Rs.20 lakh for the families of the two state soldiers who were killed in action.
With National Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled to take place on 15th January, the Pathankot terror attack has sprung up as a hindrance for any negotiations of peace between the two countries.
On 2nd January when the attack first took place, Jaish-E-Mohammad (JeM), an Islamist militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack. But with the United Jihad Council (UJC) today denying the role of the JeM by claiming responsibility for the attack, it seems a misinformation campaign is being spread on purpose by the Pakistani establishment and all efforts are being made by the ISI to shift the ball in India’s court for this fresh terrorist attack on Indian soil.
It seems a possible conclusion then that Pakistan is trying to divert India’s attention from itself and is instead trying to shift the blame on the Kashmiri terrorists for the Punjab terror attacks. Since the UJC has its base outside of PoK Pakistan is desperately trying to shift the focus from JeM onto UJC.
Reacting to this terror attack, many politicians have not only condemned the terror strikes but they are also not in favour of India continuing any kind of relations with Pakistan. There have been other terror attacks on the Indian subcontinent where majority of the terrorists identified have found to be back in Pakistan. Despite condolences for the Pathankot attacks from Pakistan, its inability to curb terror or intentional negligence is being questioned.
Adding to the apprehension over Pakistan’s involvement in the terror attack are the ISI spies who have been caught under various circumstances by the India’s Central Bureau of Investigation.
If Pakistan is involved in the attacks in Pathankot where seven army men have laid down their lives, then in the interest of national security it becomes incumbent on India to curb these elements of terror.
Under the prevailing conditions between India and Pakistan, India can, if possible, consider the following seven non-military options against Pakistan:
1. Issue immediate verbal note to Pakistan High Commission
2. Summon and lodge protest with Pakistan High Commission
3. Restrict the size of Pakistan Mission in India
4. Seal borders and suspend trade
5. Lobby world support for economic blockade
6. Push for UN sanctions against Pakistan
7. Demand for Pakistan Army to face sanctions
The Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani today called Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the Pathankot terror strike. He expressed his condolences and strongly condemned the terror attack.