Pathankot Airbase Security Cover Not Robust: Parliamentary Panel

| } May 3 , 2016 , 13:52 IST
Pathankot air force baseThe parliamentary panel on Tuesday pulled up the Centre for the January 2 Pathankot terror attack, saying the Indian Air Force base there is still unsafe and had a poorly guarded perimeter wall. Congress MP from Rajya Sabha P Bhattacharya said, 'Even today, there are very unsafe conditions at Pathankot airbase.' Along with stressing that airbase was not robust, the panel also urged the Centre to take its report seriously and take steps to fix the gaps. 'If the Government of India was serious and intelligence agencies functioned properly, the picture would've been different,' Bhattacharya said. The panel, which was interacting with the officers posted at the IAF base, also failed to make how Pakistan-based terrorists managed to sneak inside the IAF base. He further added that the panel is not able to understand how terrorists managed to reach Pathankot airbase in spite of terror alerts sounded well in advance. 'We had a long interaction with officers at Pathankot airbase. They said that there was no information that the airbase will be attacked,' Bhattacharya was quoted as saying by ANI. The panel urged the Centre to take it seriously and look into the findings approprietely and take immediate steps needed to fix the gaps in the security.