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Here's how Pakistan's civil society is reacting to the Pathankot terror attack

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 3:33 IST

Even as India continues to fight terrorists supposedly related to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, who stormed the Pathankot Air Force Base in Punjab on 2 January and killed seven jawans, liberal voices in the neighboring country have condemned the attack.

They have also appealed to both countries to not let the incident derail Indo-Pak peace talks that got a fresh impetus after back to back visits by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj followed by an informal visit to Lahore by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Pakistan's Foreign Office in Islamabad in an official statement condemned the attacks. They stated that their country remained committed to "building on the goodwill created during the recent high level contacts between the two countries".

But notably, it was the heartfelt support that came through from Pakistan's civilians that is making an attempt to rewrite the narrative of this tragic event.

Not surprisingly, a number of Pakistan citizens have come out in open condemnation of the attacks and extended solidarity with India.

Support has poured from across social quarters of Pakistan. Pakistan politician Sherry Rahman, in a tweet posted on 2 January, urged everyone to not let the Pathankot attack define the agenda of peace talks.

Similar sentiments were expressed by Pakistan's scribes.

Others called this an attack on India-Pakistan peace dialogue:

Even as the Indian defence forces piece the evidence together to find out how the attacks were planned, these messages are a positive reminder of the fact that civil societies of both countries want a peaceful and mutually beneficial existence.

Also read:3 questions the Pathankot terror attack raises about the India-Pakistan peace process

First published: 3 January 2016, 4:34 IST
 
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