"It's a direct attack by Pakistan on our soil," Sukhbir, who also holds home portfolio, said, adding that "our response will be forceful and unremitting." Exuding confidence that the Indian forces will deliver a strong message, he cited "You can not mess with India and get away with it."

Meanwhile, top civil and police officials are regularly briefing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir on the developments in Pathankot, officials said. The Chief Minister stated that state and Central agencies regularly exchange information about threats to national security.

Referring to the terror attack, Badal said, "It is an attempt from across the border to destabilise Punjab in order to weaken the country."

He added that the Indian forces will give a befitting reply to any assault on national unity and integrity. Sukhbir said that the people and government of the state were fully geared to deal with any challenge thrown at the state and the country.

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