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    Sharif to Modi: Pakistan to Punish Terrorists After Indian Air Base Attack

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    The Pakistani prime minister promised to his Indian counterpart that Islamabad would take a decisive action against terrorism.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday promised to take prompt action against terrorism after a militant attack on India’s Pathankot air base near Pakistan, in a phone call with his Indian counterpart.

    "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assured Prime Minister Modi that his government would take prompt and decisive action against the terrorists," a statement posted on the Indian government website read.

    During the phone conversation initiated by Sharif, Prime Minister Modi urged Pakistan to take "firm and immediate action" against those responsible for the attack on the Indian air force base that killed at least seven personnel.

    The countries exchanged information on what India has deemed a cross-border terrorist attack. "Specific and actionable information in this regard has been provided to Pakistan," the statement read.

    India has repeatedly blamed Pakistani militants for attacks on its territory, specifically in India-administered parts of the contested Kashmir region in the north.

    The attacked air base sits on the road to Kashmir close to the Pakistani border. A group of at least seven gunmen wearing army fatigues stormed the compound early Saturday, prompting a four-day standoff with Indian security forces. The military said Tuesday that a total of six militants had been killed.

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    terrorism, Pathankot air base, Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif, India, Pakistan
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