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Combing operations on at Pathankot air base

AICC communication department chairman Randeep Surjewala also said that the Prime Minister should fix the responsibility and take action against the home and defence ministers.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making an unscheduled visit to Pkaistan to meet his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the Congress Party on Wednesday said that the former trusts “those on the other side of the border” more than his ministers.

Parrikar did not explain how just a handful of gunmen managed to paralyse a large air base for nearly four days, insisting that security forces had done “a commendable job”.

Poe said the deadly terror attack on the Pathankot air base was a reminder that India faces the same threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

“Prime Minister went there (Pakistan) uninvited”. He said the six terrorists were found to have used some “Pakistan-made material”.

During the telephonic conversation, Modi strongly pressed for urgent steps against those responsible for the attack that began on Saturday last with six terrorists sneaking into the Air Base and leading to an encounter in which seven securitymen, including a Lt Colonel, were killed. Though the Indian authorities claim to have killed the six terrorists who infiltrated the base, caution reigns supreme as the sprawling complex with a diverse topography has the potential to provide hiding spaces to hitherto unknown additional militants. “Why is the Prime Minister giving a new description of terrorists as “enemies of humanity” instead of describing them as Pakistani terrorists?” “I have said there is no need to rush”, the minister said, adding that the forces should take ensure there were no more casualties.

Calling it an attack on India’s sovereignty, honour and integrity, Shinde said it reflects a “clear-cut failure” of political leadership of Modi as also the command and control structure’ to fight terrorism.

An Indian army soldier stands guard outside an air force base following an battle with militants in Pathankot, India, on Monday.

Describing the death of Commando Gursevak Singh an operational loss, he said that five jawans died due to bad timing and luck, though he congratulated late Jagdish Chand for having grappled with a terrorist and killed him. Sources said that the terrorists had entered the air base as a single group, and separated later. Cross border terrorist attacks in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir have established a clear pattern, but security forces have failed to learn from it. The thermal imagers deployed on the border were apparently not working which reflects the casual approach to counter-terrorism.

Indian security officials have given conflicting accounts on whether the attackers at the Pathankot air base were still active after Home Minister Rajnath Singh declared on Saturday they had been “neutralised”.

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