Pathankot attack: PM Modi chairs high level meeting

New Delhi: A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the ongoing operation in the Pathankot Air Force base is currently underway at his 7 Race Course Road residence.

The meeting is being attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj besides others.

The Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan scheduled for later this month looks in serious jeopardy with strong indications that the government may call off the engagement if evidence emerges that Pakistan’s state actors were complicit in the attack on Pathankot’s air base.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday held meetings with former Indian envoys to Pakistan to discuss the way forward with the neighbouring nation in wake of the Pathankot attack.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night reviewed the situation arising out of the terror attack at Pathankot’s air base. Soon after his return from Karnataka last night, he chaired a meeting of top officials including Doval and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar.

According to sources, the implications of the attack on relations with Pakistan are also believed to have been deliberated upon in the meeting.

The security forces have already killed four terrorists. Two more terrorists are believed to be still holed-up inside the base and an operation is underway to flush them out.

Seven security personnel have been martyred in the operation so far. (ANI)