18 Indian army soldiers killed in a wee-hourly attack in Uri - Indian-administered Kashmir

Published On:September 20, 2016, 1:32 pm

Since the most lethal attacks in Indian-administered Kashmir in more than two decades, it seems that a new episode in the Indo-Pak chronicle related to the geopolitics has commenced.

In the wee hours of Sunday around 4 a.m. a few armed militants barged an Indian army base in the garrison town of Uri approximately 102 kilometers from Srinagar which is the capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. Seventeen Indian army soldiers were killed in this militant attack. Police sources have stated that fidayeen militants flung an Army camp in Uri very close to the Line of Control (LoC).

Few hours later, four militants were killed in an encounter with the Indian army. Later the Indian army said in a statement, “A group of heavily armed terrorists targeted the rear administrative base of a unit at Uri, Kashmir. In the counter action, four terrorists were eliminated and combing operations are in progress.”

Most of the soldiers killed were from the 6 Bihar and 10 Dogra regiments and later another wounded soldier succumbed to his injuries on September 19, taking the total toll of casualties to eighteen.

Rajnath Singh, India’s Home Affairs Minister reacted by calling Pakistan a terrorist state. He expressed his views over a tweet, "Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such." He further went on and said that the people who were involved in the attack were, "highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped."

Singh further cited, "deeply disappointed with Pakistan's continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups." Nevertheless, Singh did neither provide any factual support to his asseveration, nor did he state that he believes Pakistan was involved in the Uri attacks.

In the meanwhile, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted to India's allegation where spokesperson Nafees Zakaria reacted saying, "This is a very irresponsible and baseless allegation that he has leveled against Pakistan which we out rightly reject."

By blaming India for nurturing Kashmir’s unrest, Zakaria further added that, "India is desperately looking for ways to deflect the world's attention from the situation in India-occupied Kashmir," and "Pakistan investigates and does not give knee jerk reactions whenever any such incident takes place. We reject these claims."

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