In a reality check for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to reach out to Pakistan on Christmas day, four terrorists, who in all probability sneaked in from across the border, launched an audacious attack on Pathankot air force base and upset the ensuing peace dialogue. The attack on Pathankot air base raises security concerns for Punjab as the state is witnessing a sudden surge in such activities after being peaceful for the last 20 years. Further, with the incident coming on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent surprise visit to Pakistan for meeting Nawaz Sharif, and instead of easing out the tension in border state is facing such a ticklish situation and constant threat keep the army on the toes to deal with the situation. Four terrorists have been killed along with two commandos, some civilians and air force personnel were injured. The gunbattle between terrorists and security forces at the Air Force Base here that lasted for more than five hours and left two Air personnel and four terrorists dead, has come to an end. Combing operations are underway. Let us face the reality and stop the blame game to tackle terrorists attack in our country.
by C.K. Subramaniam
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