India awaits prompt action from ‘changed’ Pakistan: BJP

New Delhi : With Pakistan assuring to take strong and prompt action against the guilty in the Pathankot terror attack, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday expressed hope that Islamabad would take stringent action against the perpetrators of the attack.

“Pakistan Government has promised prompt and decisive action based on actionable intelligence provided very expeditiously by the Indian Government. And India awaits prompt action from Pakistan against the perpetrators of Pathankot attack,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao told ANI.

“I think unlike in the past, Pakistan’s response has not been one of denial but one willing to take quick action .We will wait and see whether there will be a change in the manner Pakistan acts this time because the past does not inspire confidence. We hope that like there has been a change in tone, there will be a change in action too,” he added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached the Pathankot air base to take the first-hand assessment of the situation following the deadly terror strike.

Earlier, the Pakistani Government has asked for more and ‘concrete’ evidence instead of ‘leads’ to take action against the suspects of being involved in the terrorist strike on the airbase.

India had earlier shared leads with Islamabad which mostly included intercepts of telephone calls made by the terrorists to their alleged handlers and the locations of the numbers which they had called in Pakistan.

Later, Pakistan acknowledged that they had received the leads and had begun working on them. Sharif then called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and assured him of prompt action against the guilty.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting reviewed the progress on the information shared by India and it was decides that the matter would be continued to discuss with New Delhi.

Meanwhile, India awaits Pakistan’s formal response to the shared leads and has expressed quick action from Islamabad so that the upcoming foreign secretaries talks are not hampered.

Pathankot district was attacked by six terrorists from Pakistan on January 2. Seven security personnel were martyred and another 20 were injured in the attack. (ANI)