Uri attack as it happened: Army foils infiltration bids; PM Modi calls for Cabinet meeting on Wednesday

Sep, 20 2016 IST

  • 20:07 (IST)

    India will be at fault in event of a war: Pervez Musharraf

  • 19:50 (IST)

    Kashmir: Army foils infiltration bid in Naugam, one solider dead

  • 19:28 (IST)

    Sri Lanka's President condoles Uri attack deaths

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Government mulling swift and intensive action against terror groups

    Amid speculations on what the possible course of action will be following the Uri attacks, CNN-News18 has reported that a section in the government is advising swift and intensive action against the terror hubs acting out of Pakistan. This may include precisely positioned air strikes or firing from across the border. According to CNN-News18, drone surveillance to can be used to determine the coordinates of terror camps across the border.

    However, in that case the threat remains that situation may soon spiral out of control, given the sensitive nature of relationship between the two nations. Both the nations are nuclear powers and India can not risk escallating the relations to a nuke-war like situation.

    There also remains the fact that India can never be sure of the precision of such strikes while a retaliation from Pakistan and escalation of situation is definite. 

  • 19:22 (IST)

    Pakistan can also hit back at a time and place of its choosing: Musharraf

    Former Pakistan President and Army General Pervez Musharraf told CNN-News18 in an interview that if India is talking of action at a time and place of its choosing, then it should also consider the retaliatory action. 

    "You talk about you can take action at a time and place of your choosing. We can also strike back at a time and place of our choosing, so don't stop at that but also consider the consequences of your action," Musharraf said.

  • 18:36 (IST)

    US asks Pakistan to follow restraint in its nuclear program

    The US State secretary John Kerry told Pakistan to follow restraint in its nuclear program, while he advised both India and Pakistan to cooperate with each other. Signaling zero tolerance for state-sponsored or state-abetted terrorism, Kerry had told Islamabad that it needs to do more on the terror front, according to CNN-News18.

    However, the tough talk on terror also came laced with a pat on the back, as Kerry praised Pakistan on action against terrorists on its western front, apparently referring to the clamp down on operations of Tehreek-E-Taliban, which has been active in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where US has considerable interest. 

  • 18:09 (IST)

    Another encounter underway in Handwara, Kashmir

    Amid reports of an ongoing encounter in Uri sector near LoC, reports have now emerged that a fresh encounter is also underway in Handwara district of Kashmir.

    ANI reports on the incident claim that an army jawan has been critically injured in the operation. Further details are awaited

  • 17:56 (IST)

    US talks tough on Uri attack, warns Pakistan

    US State Secretary John Kerry on Tuesday issued a strongly worded warning to Pakistan reiterating that Islamabad needs to prevent terrorists from using its territory, as reproted by CNN-News18. 

    It is instructive to note here that in his statement, Kerry has specified that Pakistan needs to act against 'all' terrorists thriving on its soil, which is being seen as a reflection of the Indian stand that Islamabad needs to stop discriminating between "state" and "non-state actors" or "good terrorists" and "bad terrorirsts."

    This is one of the strongest statements issued from the US to Pakistan.

  • 17:44 (IST)

    Punitive strike in fray?

    According to CNN-News18, government sources haven't ruled out punitive air strikes on the terror groups operating out of Pakistan. However, the exact nature of the said action is not clear. Amid a tough narrative asserted by BJP and a telling silence from Prime Minister Modi, it can be said that the government is going for a calibrated action only after taking into account the fallout of each of its choices.

    According to CNN-News18, the RAW and MEA have urged the Prime Minister to act with restraint as the fall-out of a ruthless action can be diplomatically damaging for India.  

  • 17:34 (IST)

    PM calls for cabinet meet on Uri attack on Wednesday

  • 17:06 (IST)

    10 militants killed in ongoing encounter in Uri sector

    Two more terrorrists have been killed in the ongoing encounter in Lachipora in Uri sector, taking the total number of neutralised militants to 10, ANI reported.According to CNN-News18, the site of encounter is very close to LoC and the site of ceasefire violation.

  • 16:51 (IST)

    Eight militants neutralised in Uri sector

    According to CNN-News18, in an ongoing encounter, the Indian army has gunned down eight terrorists in Lachipura in Uri sector. Reports say that a total of 15 militants have infiltrated into the region, while seven continue to be on the run.

  • 16:40 (IST)

    Five militants killed in Lachipura in Uri sector

    In an ongoing encounter, Indian Army has killed five militants in Lachipura in Uri sector, according to ANI

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Last rites of Sepoy Uike Janrao performed in Amravati with 21 gun salute

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Sushma Swaraj likely to raise Pak's soft approach on terrorism at UNGA

    According to CNN-News18, Sushma Swaraj will not limit her attack on Pakistan to the recent Uri attacks but will list out a number of instances where terror groups have been dealt with softly by Pakistan. She is likely to hit at Pakistan for allowing Dawood Ibrahim to operate from it's soil and giving JeM and Hafiz Sayeed in a free hand.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Indian forces retaliate to Pak ceasefire, no injuries reported

    Indian forces retaliated to the unprovoked firing from Pakistani troops but the army says there was no damage in the incident.An army officer told PTI that the firing from across the Line of Control took place between 1.10 pm and 1.30 pm.

  • 16:01 (IST)

    Boycott Pakistan at Saarc: Afghan envoy

    The Afghanistan envoy to India told NDTV that there are ample proofs of state sponsored terrorism from Pakistan and India and Afghanistan must send a decissive message to Islamabad. He further advised India to consider boycotting Pakistan at Saarc stating that those states who sponsor terror must be singled out.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Action against Pak-based terrorists only after examining issues: Rijiju

    Any action against terrorists based in Pakistan will be taken only after examining all relevant issues, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said.

    "Action will be taken after due consideration. Action is not taken after making announcements," he told reporters.

    The Minister of State for Home made the remarks when he was asked whether the government was planning to carry out a strike against terrorists camps based in Pakistan. - PTI

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Defence spokesperson in Srinagar confirms ceasefire violation

    "I can confirm there has been a ceasefire violation in Uri sector. Details are still awaited," Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesperson in Srinagar, told Firstpost.

    The firing took place at around 2 pm, reports Firstpost correspondent Sameer Yasir.

  • 15:26 (IST)

    Indian troops given free hand by Rajnath

    ​According to Times Now, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called up DG, BSF and given a free hand to Indian troops to retaliate.

  • 15:22 (IST)

    20 rounds fired from small arms at Indian post in Uri: NDTV

  • 15:15 (IST)

    Pak violates ceasefire in Lasipora Godtal in Uri Sector

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Uri

    According to India Today, Pakistani troops have opened fire in the Uri sector in a violation of ceasefire while Indian forces have retaliated. Further details are awaited on the issue.

  • 14:59 (IST)

    Overseas Pakistanis to organise demonstrationahead of Sushma Swaraj's UNGA address

    According to ANI, overseas Pakistanis may organise a massive demonstration in Ney York City, US ahead of the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's address at the UNGA on 26 September.

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Rajiv Mehrishi meets J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, Governor NN Vohra; Army beefs up security

    Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Tuesday was in Srinagar to assess the ground situation and interact with civil and security officials in the state. He later met with the chief minister and the Governor to further apprise him of the security situation in the valley.

    The army has on the other hand beefed up security in North Kashmir and alond the borders and according to India Today, troops along LoC may be realligned soon to tackle increasing infiltration bids.

  • 14:47 (IST)

    Rajnath Singh reviews security with NSA, Foreign Secretary

    Rajnath Singh was briefed on Tuesday by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and others, including officials from the Defence Ministry, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies, on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley as well as along the Line of Control (LoC).

    The Home Minister suggested that all necessary steps be taken to check infiltration along the LoC and the border areas in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Gujarat, according to a report in IANS.

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Sharif seeks US, UK help to resolve issues with India

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has held separate meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart Theresa May during which he urged the two countries to help resolve issues between Islamabad and New Delhi. Yet again needling India, Sharif asked the two leaders to ask New Delhi to grant the right for self-determination to Kashmiris.

    Both Kerry and May appreciated Pakistan's role in eradicating terrorism and extremism from the country.

  • 14:33 (IST)

    Bihar government increases compensation for Uri attack martyrs

    After the kin of a soldier who lost his life in the Uri attack denied the 5 lakh compensation offered, the state government has now increased the ex-gratia payment to Rs 11 lakh. Earlier according to CNN-News18, the kin of one of the soldiers had denied the financial assistance stating the martyr was not a hooch victim.

  • 14:26 (IST)

    Last rites of Havildar NS Rawat performed in Rajwa village, Rajasthan

  • 14:24 (IST)

    Last rites of Lance Naik RK Yadav performed in Balia

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Germany condemns Uri attack, says with India in fight against terror

    German Foreign Minister, on Tuesday, condemned the Uri attacks and said, "Our thoughts are with the families of the murdered soldiers & many who have been injured... Germany stands resolutely at India's side in fight against terrorism, share the view that every country is responsible for taking decisive action against terrorism emanating from its territory," the German minsiter said according to ANI.

  • 14:12 (IST)

    Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani calls Modi to show solidarity

    According to ANI, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on telephone on Tuesday to condole the terror attack in Uri. Ghani strongly condemned the terrorist attack and conveyed Afghanistan's support to India. He said that Kabul will stand with New Delhi against all actions to eliminate threat of terrorism while Modi thanked him for the support.

  • 14:03 (IST)

    Police confirms content of suspicious bag found in Pathankot not dangerous

  • 13:58 (IST)

    Sushma to corner Pakistan at UNGA

    Government is closely monitoring what Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will say at the UNGA meet as the neighbouring nation has clearly indicated it will continue its bid to internationalise the Kashmir issue. Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj is also due to speak at the meeting and according to CNN-News18, she will corner Pakistan on issues relevant to India's interest.

    According to their report, Swaraj will single out Pakistan in her speech and raise issues like Pakistan allowing Dawood to operate from its soil, it's nationals involved in Pathankot and Uri attack apart from voicing her concern on the Pakistani involvement in the current unrest in Kashmir. It is expected that Swaraj will not shy away from targeting Pakistan on its soft approach towards terrorists.

    Swaraj will also take up the human rights violations in Balochistan region of Pakistan.

  • 13:47 (IST)

    Fidayeen attack initially planned to target Poonch army base?

    CNN-News18 reports, a fresh probe has revealed that a fidayeen attack was first planned at the Indian Army's 63 brigade in Poonch. Two terrorists were successful in infiltrating and were hidden in a compound that shared teh boundary with the army station, but  but the bid was foiled by the army, according to CNN-News18

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Pakistan avoids Indian media

    According to CNN-News18, Nawaz Sharif avoided Indian reporters and chose to remain tight-lipped on the Uri attack as Indian journalists pressed him for a comment. Government sources have confirmed that the Pakistan Prime Minister will rake up the Kashmir issue at the UNGA meet.

    Earlier, NDTV also reported that one of it reporters were asked to leave the room, where Pakistan's foreign secretary was holding a press briefing following the United Nations General Assembly. "Iss Indian ko bahar nikalo" (Take this Indian out of the room), were teh exact words used in an impolite gesture as the Indian journalist was asked to leave.

  • 13:22 (IST)

    Suspicious bag found in Pathankot

    According to ANI, a suspicious bag is discovered near an Army unit at Simbal Chowk in Pathankot. The bomb squad has been called at the spot and further details are awaited.

  • 13:12 (IST)

    NIA registers case in Uri attack

    According to PTI, the NIA team has registered a case in the terrorist attack on the Army base in Uri and the team will reach the sight shortly to collect evidence. Apart from sending the GPS equipment to the US for investigation, the NIA will also collect DNA samples of the four slain militants, who were reportedly the members of terror group Jaish-e-Muhammad.

    The army will handover all the weapons, GPS, navigation map of terrorists and other evidence recovered in the post-attack search operations to NIA for further investigation.

  • 13:00 (IST)

    NIA to send GPS & icon satellite set to US for investigation

    NIA will send the GPS & icon satellite set recovered from the combing operations at the site of Uri attack to US for forensic investigation. The probe will help find out what route terrorists chose to enter the army base, and when and how they entered the area, according to ANI. The analysis of the equipment may also help in determining the original location of the terrorists before they entered India.

  • 20:01 (IST)

    Russia confirmed its support to India's counter-terrorism efforts

  • 19:33 (IST)

    Army to retaliate at time, place of choosing: PM Modi tells President Mukherjee

    PM Modi briefed president Mukherjee on Uri attack and the government's decision to isolate Pakistan diplomatically, NDTV reported. He also told the President that the India army will retaliate at a time and place of its choosing. 

  • 19:27 (IST)

    Russia calls off joint military drills with Pakistan: CNN-News18

  • 19:24 (IST)

    In Gurgaon, school children gathered to pay homage to the soldiers on Monday, who were martyred in the attack on the Army camp. Eighteen soldiers of lost their lives in the deadly attack that hit army base in Uri on wee hours of Sunday, while over 30 soldiers were injured in the attack. According to CNN-News18, two injured soldiers are said to be in a critical state. Most of the soldiers were burnt alive after their tents caught fire in the wake of the attack.

  • 19:11 (IST)

    Beijing reacts with caution to Uri attack

    Skirting direct reference to Pakistan and JeM,China voiced concern over "escalation" of tensions and "rising temperatures" in Kashmir after the Uri terror attack and called on India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue. 

    "China opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. We are concerned about this escalation and rising temperatures surrounding Kashmir situation... We hope relevant parties will have dialogue and consultation to resolve their differences and enhance counter terrorism cooperation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said according to PTI

    It is interesting to note here that JeM has special significance as Beijing has put a technical hold over India's efforts to bring about a UN ban on the outfit's leader Masood Azhar for his involvement in Pathankot attack and India has yet again blamed the terror group for the Uri attack

  • 19:02 (IST)

    BJP leader Manoj Tiwari holds protest near Pakistan High Commission in Delhi

  • 19:00 (IST)

    We have desired capability to reply to such blatant act of violence: DGMO

    The Director General of Military Operations told the press on Monday that the Indian army was capable of retaliating in a way it deems appropriate to retaliate to such attacks. "We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at the time and place of our own choosing," he said.  

  • 18:54 (IST)

    Last rites ceremony of Havilder Ravi Paul being performed in Samba, Jammu and Kashmir

  • 18:51 (IST)

    PM Modi briefs President Mukherjee on Uri attack

    According to CNN-News18, a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee is underway as the PM briefs the President about the high-level meeting held earlier in the day. 

  • 18:47 (IST)

    Reovery from combing operations also include GPS devices

    Thirty nine under barrel grenade launcher grenades, 5 hand grenades, 2 radio sets, 2 global positioning systems, 2 map sheets, 2 metric sheets...that are used as guidance points for point to point movement are also recovered in the military combing operations, according to the DGMO.   

  • 18:37 (IST)

    Hope perpetrators of Uri terror attacks are identified and brought to justice: UN

In one of the deadliest attacks on the Army in recent years, 17 jawans were killed and 19 others injured as heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the force in North Kashmir's Uri town early on Sunday. Four militants involved in the terror strike were killed by the Army. Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army. Explosions and gunfire erupted as the militants attacked the camp, which is located barely few metres away from the Army's Brigade Headquarters in Uri town, 102 kms from Srinagar, around 4 am on Sunday, official sources said.

The jawans of the Dogra Regiment were sleeping in a tent which caught fire due the explosion. The fire also engulfed the nearby barracks, the sources said. 17 jawans were killed in the terror attack, the Northern Command of the Army said. Nineteen other personnel were injured in the strike in which four militants were killed.

"A group of heavily armed terrorists targeted the rear administrative base of a unit at Uri, Kashmir. In the counter action, four terrorists have been eliminated and combing operations are in progress," the Army said in a statement. "The administrative base had large strength of troops of units turning over after their tour of duty who were stationed in tents/temporary shelters which caught fire, and resulted in heavy casualties. We salute the sacrifice of 17 soldiers who were martyred in the operation," the statement said.

Helicopters from the Army's 19 divisional headquarters in Baramulla have been pressed into service and the injured Army personnel have been evacuated from the encounter site, the sources said. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag are rushing to Kashmir in the wake of terror attack in Uri.

Army soldiers rush to the attack site in Uri. PTI

Army soldiers rush to the attack site in Uri. PTI

The Home Minister has also called an emergency meeting to review the situation arising out of the terror attack. The attack comes two years after militants had carried out a similar type of attack at Mohra in the same area. Ten security personnel were killed in the attack that took place on December 5, 2014.

It is believed that the attack was the handiwork of a freshly infiltrated group of militants who could have entered along the Salamabad Nallah into the town. The Home Minister has postponed his scheduled visit to Russia and the United States in the wake of the attack in Uri and the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the situation arising out of the terror strike in Uri. The Home Minister was scheduled to leave for Russia tonight for a four-day bilateral visit and later to the US on September 26 for a six-day tour to attend the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue. "Keeping the situation of Jammu and Kashmir in mind and in the wake of terror attack in Uri, I have postponed my visits to Russia and the US," he said in a statement here.

The Home Minister said he has spoken to Governor N N Vohra and the Chief Minister and discussed with them the situation arising out of attack on a Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri and both of them apprised him of the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir. "I have given instructions to Home Secretary (Rajiv Mehrishi) and other officers in the Home Ministry to closely monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

The Home Minister also called an emergency meeting to review the situation arising out of the attack on the Brigade Headquarters in Uri. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, the Union Home Secretary, top Army, paramilitary and Home Ministry officials are attending it. The Home Minister has postponed his scheduled visit to Russia and the United States in the wake of the attack in Uri and the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the situation arising out of the terror strike in Uri. "Keeping the situation of Jammu and Kashmir in mind and in the wake of terror attack in Uri, I have postponed my visits to Russia and the US," he said in a statement here.

The Home Minister said he has spoken to Governor N N Vohra and the Chief Minister and discussed with them the situation arising out of attack on a Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri and both of them apprised him of the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir. "I have given instructions to Home Secretary (Rajiv Mehrishi) and other officers in the Home Ministry to closely monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

The Home Minister also called an emergency meeting to review the situation arising out of the attack on the Brigade Headquarters in Uri. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Union Home Secretary, top Army, paramilitary and Home Ministry officials are attending the meeting.