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Masood Azhar is Pathankot accused

Masood Azhar is Pathankot accused
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India has named Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the banned terror organisation Jaish e Muhammad, as well as the organisation itself and others as being responsible for the Pathankot attack in evidence shared by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua, according to sources here.

New Delhi: India has named Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the banned terror organisation Jaish-e-Muhammad, as well as the organisation itself and others as being responsible for the Pathankot attack in evidence shared by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua, according to sources here.

JeM goes by two other names in Pakistan, after it was banned in 2002. However, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup refrained from naming any group, while confirming that "actionable intelligence" had been provided to Pakistan.

"We have given some information to Pakistan. They have to act on that information. All individuals and groups will be included in that," the spokesperson said. Asked about the evidence, Swarup said he "cannot make the intelligence public".

On a question whether JeM was named by India in interactions between the NSAs, the spokesperson refrained from giving a direct reply."This is a matter for investigation by Pakistani authorities on the basis of the evidence that we have provided them. Once they have investigated, we will know the exact identity of who is behind it," Swarup said.

Seven security personnel were killed in the attack early on Saturday morning on the Pathankot Indian Air Force Station by six terrorists who, according to officials, crossed over from Pakistan. All the six terrorists were killed by security forces later.

India said the ball was in Pakistan's court on continuation of the resumed bilateral talks, following the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab. "As far as we are concerned, the ball is in Pakistan's court.

The immediate issue is Pakistan's response to the terrorist attack and the actionable intelligence provided to it. India must continue dialogue : Left parties India must continue dialogue process with Pakistan post Pathankot terror attack as any reversal of the same will only "cramp" New Delhi's strategic options and progress, Left parties said.

"The BJP government must now stay on course and not let the extremist-jihadi groups call the shots. The time table drawn up for the talks must be adhered to with the terror issue getting due priority. "Any reversal will only cramp India's strategic options and resumption of confrontation will debilitate India's economic recovery and progress," ex-CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said.

Karat made the remark in the editorial of the party's mouthpiece 'People's Democracy'. Former defence minister A.K. Antony on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should break his silence on the terror attack.

Security agencies were on their toes and a combing operation was on in and around Tibri military cantonment area of Gurdaspur, a day after some locals in a nearby village claimed sighting of two men in army fatigue moving in suspicious manner.

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