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Pakistan says looking into leads given to it by Govt of India

In what many people considered a major statement on Pakistan-India ties, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry late on Monday night issued a statement saying that it was in touch with the Government of India and “is working on leads provided by it”.

This was contained as part of a larger statement on the Pathankot attack which has entered into its third day. The overall statement condemned the attack and said that Pakistan was committed to fighting terrorism since it itself had been a victim of it, and it then went on to share that the Government of Pakistan was in touch with its counterpart in India and working on leads provided by the Indian government.
This is proof, if the statement is taken at face value, that the two governments are in communication with one another and that in itself may be a good sign given that this means they are talking to each other even as much of the Indian media already seems to be convinced that the attackers came from Pakistan. The statement also suggests, for the first time at least publicly, that Pakistan is actively looking into leads given to it by the Indian government of an attack carried out in India.

According to a press release, it said:-

The unfortunate terrorist incident in Pathankot, India, has been categorically condemned by Pakistan.

We understand the pain of many families who have lost their dear ones in this tragedy, as Pakistan itself is a major victim of terrorism.

We have extended our deepest condolences to the Government and people of India.I n line with Pakistan’s commitment to effectively counter and eradicate terrorism, the Government is in touch with the Indian government and is working on the leads provided by it.

Living in the same region and with a common history, the two countries should remain committed to a sustained dialogue process. The challenge of terrorism calls for strengthening our resolve to a cooperative approach.

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