Indian security personnel stand guard inside the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot in Punjab, India, January 4, 2016. Following the Pathankot attack, India is likely to reschedule talks with Pakistan slated for next week.Reuters

The Highway Squad, which is part of the PoK-based terror conglomerate United Jihad Council (UJC), has claimed resposibility of the Pathankot terrorist attack on Monday, said reports.

UJC spokesperson Syed Sadaqat Hussain reportedly told the Srinagar-based CNS wire service the airbase attack was carried out by the Highway Squad.

"The attack on Pathankot Air Base from Kashmiri Mujhadeen carries a message to India that no security establishment and garrison are out of the reach from militants," the spokesman said.

He added that India, which suffers from Pakistan-phobia, has been accusing its neighbouring for all the terror attacks and maligning the Kashmiri freedom struggle without any success.

"Instead of accusing Pakistan, India should read the writing on the wall and without wasting any time provide an opportunity to the people of Kashmir to decided their future," Hussain said.

The UJC, also known as the Muttahid Jihad Council, is a group of 13 terror outfits in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

However, some believe the claim could be used as a diversion from real attackers. Indian authorities suspect Jash-e-Mohammed to be resposible for the attack that happened a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise Pakistan visit.

The Pathankot airbase attack has resulted in the death of six terrorists and seven Indian security personnel.

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