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

In one of the deadliest attacks on the Army, 17 jawans were killed as heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the force in Uri town early on Sunday.

FP Staff September 20, 2016 19:11:56 IST
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Uri attack as it happened: Army foils infiltration bids; PM Modi calls for Cabinet meeting on Wednesday

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15:52 (ist)

Modi under pressure to live upto his 2014 poll promise: Show Pak that India isn't a soft power

Modi on Monday conferred with his senior ministers, security and military advisers and other experts as his government sought to craft an "appropriate response" to Sunday's terror assault on the Uri army garrison in Jammu and Kashmir. The attack, one of the biggest targeting the Indian Army in recent years, and quickly blamed on Pakistan, resulted in the deaths of 18 soldiers and substantial damage to military property just a few kilometres from the Line of Control with Pakistan.

With calls mounting from inside the ruling BJP that India should "teach a lesson" to Pakistan — with one senior party strategist Ram Madhav demanding "for one tooth, a complete jaw" — Modi is under pressure to live up to his 2014 election campaign rhetoric of showing Pakistan that India is not a "soft power" and would give a "befitting reply" to any attacks on the country. Expectations of appropriate action were raised when Modi himself said soon after the attack that "I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished", while the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological fountainhead of the party, said that "terrorists, their masters and their supporters should be dealt with firmly and conclusively".

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also said he had asked Army Chief, Gen. Dalbir Singh, to take action against "those responsible for the attack".

There were arguments for and against a retaliatory military action, even a "punitive counter attack", as many military analysts are demanding. There were various war scenarios being drawn out in South Block's board rooms with one former general suggesting on TV that India should not be seen "pussyfooting" anymore as it had "conventional superiority" and could deal with military exigencies.

With the world watching anxiously, and foreign embassies monitoring the "flashpoint situation" closely, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif's statement that Pakistan will not hesitate to use "tactical nuclear weapons" if the need arose and that "horses should be ready" for action has led to a building up of a tense situation in the subcontinent with unpredictable consequences.

After the spate of high-level visits on Sunday, including by the Defence Minister and the Army Chief, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi was flying to Srinagar on Monday to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with the top police and civil officials in the state government, an official source said here. 

The Valley has been restive since the 8 July killing of militant commander Burhan Wani, with the almost unending protests resulting in close to 90 deaths, including that of three policemen, and over 11,000 injuries.
 

Mehrishi will be also call on the state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor NN Vohra. Mehrishi is expected to attend a series of meetings with officials of the state government, army, police and paramilitary forces, the source added.

14:00 (ist)

Timing of Uri attack is surprising but a brilliant move by Pakistan

The terror attack at Uri comes at a time when heads of governments are scheduled to meet at the United Nations General Assembly starting Monday. Sreemoy Talukdar of Firstpost argues in this piece that a terror attack at this juncture is surprising, it also is a brilliant move on Pakistan's part.


"Islamabad, or more correctly Rawalpindi, is gambling on the well-considered possibility that the Uri attack will goad India into a knee-jerk response that it may then exploit to its advantage to go with its narrative of "Indian oppression in Kashmir". Given the fact that the West would surely try to defuse the tension between the nuclear neighbours would mean that India would be at the receiving end of global pressure to "show restraint" and "act responsibly". Advice to such effect was already being administered by United States commentators on Sunday evening."

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Sept 20, 2016 - 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. 

Sept 20, 2016 - 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.

Sept 20, 2016 - 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. 

Sept 20, 2016 - 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

Sept 20, 2016 - 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.

Sept 20, 2016 - 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.  

Sept 20, 2016 - 17:34 (IST)

PM calls for cabinet meet on Uri attack on Wednesday

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.

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

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.

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