Rajnath Singh reviews Uri attack at high-level meeting, PM talks tough

Smoke-terror-strike Smoke rises from the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday | PTI

Hours after cancelling his scheduled visit to the US and Russia, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a high-level meeting in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon reviewed the terror attack on an army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 17 soldiers were killed.

The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehershi and senior civil and security officials.

At the meeting, Doval and other officials briefed Rajnath Singh on various implications of the attack and shared the intelligence inputs on various "nefarious" activities being planned by a "neighbouring country".

Sources said "it was a clear case of cross-border attack", but government officials have declined to identify the group that carried out the early morning attack. Security forces shot dead all four heavily-armed attackers.

Earlier, Rajnath Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

"They have apprised me of the security situation in the state," he said.

In an effort to discuss India's campaign against terrorism, the home minister was scheduled to travel to Russia for a five-day visit beginning on Sunday.

Singh was also later scheduled to be in the US for a week-long visit starting from September 26 for the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue with his American counterpart Jeh Charles Johnson.

Rajnath calls Pakistan “terrorist state”

Rajnath Singh described Pakistan as a "terrorist state" and said it should be "isolated", blaming Islamabad for the killing of Indian soldiers.

"I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan's continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups. Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such," Rajnath Singh tweeted.

Those responsible for Uri attack will be punished: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condemned the killing of 17 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and said those responsible for it will not go unpunished.

"We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished," Modi tweeted.

"We salute all those martyred in Uri. Their service to the nation will always be remembered. My thoughts are with the bereaved families," he said.

Modi said he had talked to both Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

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