Did Pak’s General Raheel Sharif Know About the Pathankot Attack?

Intelligence agencies suggest that the Pakistan army chief had full knowledge of the Pathankot attack.

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File photo of Pakistan’s army chief, General Raheel Sharif. (Photo: Reuters)

The Indian government has reportedly been informed by the country’s intelligence agencies that Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif knew about the Pathankot terror attack before it took place.

India Today reported on Monday that the Indian intelligence agencies believe that the Pakistan army is not on the same page with Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to forge peace with India. At a meeting recently, Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif reportedly told Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he was free to pursue talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he wanted, but the Pakistan army would take no action against Pakistan-based terrorists who were operating against Indian interests.

The report says that the Indian government has not yet taken a firm stand on whether to cancel the peace talks on January 15. In the wake of the Pathankot attack, some suggest that this might not be the right time for a dialogue. Others say that this is what the masterminds of Pathankot want and to cancel talks would be to play into the hands of those who do not want peace between India and Pakistan. A final decision from the Prime Minister is awaited.

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