Prime Minister Modi mulls retaliatory action, ‘attack will not go unpunished’
Washington, DC: Early Sunday morning four heavily armed militants attacked an army base in Kashmir, claiming the lives of 17 Indian soldiers and injuring several others. The attack, which took place at Uri near the line of control between India and Pakistan, in the disputed region of Kashmir, was the deadliest attack on an army base in Kashmir in more than 15 years. Indian Kashmir, one of the world’s most tumultuous regions, has been restive this summer, since the Indian Army killed Burhan Wani, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, a pro-Pakistani terrorist organization.
Prime Minister Modi, since coming to power and after several personal maneuvers at peace building, has seen optimism fade, as Pakistan-based Islamists launched attacks on an Airforce base in Pathankot, earlier this year. Rajnath Singh, India’s Home Minister responding to the attack said that the militants were "highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped." He expressed deep disappointment with ‘Pakistan's continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.’ Singh, cancelled his planned trip to Russia and the US, which would have begun on Sunday, and has been holding emergency meeting with top officials to discuss the attack and appropriate responses.
A press statement released by the US State Department, expressed ‘strong condemnation of the terrorist attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir during the early morning of September 18. John Kirby the Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs extended ‘condolences to the victims and their families and reiterated United States’ commitment ‘to our strong partnership with the Indian government to combat terrorism.’
Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC remarked, “USINPAC condemns the Uri army base attack and USINPAC will work with the US Congress to declare Pakistan a source and sponsor of terrorism in South Asia.”
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