Chandigarh: Punjab Congress Legislature Party leader Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday blamed intelligence failure for the terrorist attack on a strategic airbase at Pathankot and accused Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal of not learning any lessons from Dinanagar attack in the same area six months ago. He alleged that no serious notice was taken after a Superintendent of Police level officer was waylaid and his vehicle with blue beacon was snatched by the terrorists in army fatigue.

Even the Aam Aadmi Party blamed Punjab Police for “failing to prevent” terror attack at Pathankot despite central intelligence agencies informing the state authorities about the possible threat in advance. He further said the state police should have been alert when one of its officers was abducted by the terrorists. “A red alert was sounded in the state after the SP was kidnapped. But state police completely failed in tracing the terrorists,” he alleged, describing the incident as “unfortunate”.