India is set to raise the deadly Uri attack in which 17 Army soldiers were killed, at the 71st United Nations General Assembly and highlight Pakistan’s involvement into the deadly terror strike.
According to sources, India will raise the matter in the UN General Assembly and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will strongly emphasise on Pakistan’s involvement in her speech.
Sources also state that no decision has been taken as yet on the prime minister’s participation at the SAARC summit meet in Islamabad.
Following the terror strike on the Army base in Uri, India lashed out at Pakistan holding it responsible for the attack.
Branding Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and stating that it should be identified and isolated as such, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said there are definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators of Uri attack were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped.
“I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups,” he said in a series of tweets.
Meanwhile, condemning the terror attack as well, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the nation that those behind the ‘despicable’ attack will not go unpunished.
“We salute all those martyred in Uri. Their service to the nation will always be remembered. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” the prime minister said in a series of tweets.
Hinting at the Jaish-e-Mohammad’s role behind the Uri attack, India’s Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh also asserted that the evil designs would get a befitting reply.
However, Pakistan has flatly refused New Delhi's claims of Islamabad's involvement in Uri terror attack, saying that pointing fingers on them has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack. "Pointing fingers at Pakistan has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack," the Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria as saying.
"In the past many Indians were involved in the terrorist acts for which India had blamed Pakistan," he asserted.
US condemns Uri attack, reiterates commitment to combating terrorism
The United States has condemned the terrorist attack in Uri and said it is committed to support New Delhi in combating terrorism. In a statement, US Department Spokesperson John Kirby said, “the United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on an Indian Army base in Kashmir during the early morning of September 18. We extend our condolences to the victims and their families. The United States is committed to our strong partnership with the Indian government to combat terrorism.”
On Sunday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the attack. His spokesman said in a statement, “The Secretary-General condemns today's militant attack in Uri, India-administered Jammu and Kashmir. He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives and to the Government of India. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice.”