Update: A powerful blast was heard at India’s Pathankot Air Base moments ago. National Security Agency (NSA) says that the operation to rid the base of attackers may take a long time.
The attack on Pathankot airbase in India started early on Saturday by an unknown number of assailants – An act of terror seen as a bid to foil recent improvements in Indo-Pak relationships. The attack comes a little over a week after India’s PM Modi made a surprise visit to Pakistan on the 25th December 2015, making him the first Prime Minister from India in 12 years to visit the neighbor. Over 48 hours have passed since the attack at Pathankot, India began. It is believed that at least seven troops and four gunmen have been killed however, the Indian security forces think that at least two of the attackers remain.
India’s Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi while speaking with reporters stated that the aforementioned two gunmen had been cornered on the large base and will be terminated soon. He also conveyed to the media that the forces were alerted about a potential attack in Pathankot since the attackers were spotted on aerial surveillance. The base at Pathankot however, is yet to be declared fully secure and since morning has been swarming with National Security Guard and air force commandoes etc. The air base at Pathankot spreads over 25 kilometers and includes forested areas as well offering a perfect hideout for terrorist elements within. This could also explain why it’s taking such a long time for the troops to declare the base safe. Pathankot houses MiG-21s, M-25s and Mi-35s along with other hardware. Pathankot air base is very close to the border with Pakistan.
While Pakistan has condemned the attack on the base, certain media channels are already blaming Pakistan for the act however, official there has been no such accusations and no connections to Pakistan have been made so far. It would be wise for the authorities to not let this incident dictate India’s current policy towards Pakistan especially considering the fact that the two neighbors are finally making some progress.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.