Non-state Pathankot attackers had state support: Parrikar

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2016 13:38 IST
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar delivers a speech in Mumbai. (PTI File Photo)

Non-state actors were involved in the Pathankot terror attack but they cannot function smoothly without support from the state, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday in the Rajya Sabha.

Replying to supplementary questions in the Upper House, the minister was asked by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut if the Pathankot attack was carried out only by terrorists or with the assistance of the Pakistan army.

“Does the government believe it was just a terror attack or done with the help of Pakistan Army,” Raut asked.

Parrikar responded: “All details will come out in the NIA investigation. In this, non-state actors from Pakistan are certainly involved, that is sure... And any non-state (actor), they can’t function smoothly without state support.”

The January 2 terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab left seven security personnel dead. Six terrorists, who attacked the base, were killed in a gun battle which lasted almost three days.

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