18 SEP 2016 URI SECTOR JAWANS KILLINGS_KASHMIR

Uri terror attack LIVE: Indian troops retaliate after Pakistan violates ceasefire

Sep 20, 2016

Highlights

  • 15:26 (IST)
    Indian troops given free hand by Rajnath
  • 15:52 (IST)
    Modi under pressure to live upto his 2014 poll promise: Show Pak that India isn’t a soft power
  • 15:11 (IST)
    Another soldier succumbs to injuries, death toll at 18
  • 14:55 (IST)
    Meanwhile, China expresses concern over Kashmir issue
  • 14:27 (IST)
    Pakistan media’s bizarre reaction to Uri terror attack
  • 14:06 (IST)
    Modi might not attend Saarc Summit 
  • 14:00 (IST)
    Timing of Uri attack is surprising but a brilliant move by Pakistan
  • 13:52 (IST)
    Centre may call for an all-party meet
  • 13:38 (IST)
    ‘Military offensive against Uri terror attack will be knee-jerk’
  • 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 toCNN-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 demonstration ahead 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

     

     

     

     

  • 18:31 (IST)

    Netizens want strict action against Pakistan

     

    According to a Twitter poll conducted by ET.Com, netizens felt that it is indeed the time for tough action against the rival neighbouring state. Fifty eight percent of twitterati polled in favour of a surgical strike while 35 percent people believed that Pakistan should be isolated globally. A mere seven percent said that India should continue on the path of bilateral talks.

  • 18:21 (IST)

    Food packets with Pakistani markings recovered in combing operation: DGMO

    Total recoveries during Uri operation include 4 AK-47 rifles,4 grenade launchers,4 under barrel grenade launchers and large scale of food packets and medicines having markings of Pakistan among other things, the DGMO said.

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Infiltration bids on a rise: DGMO 

     

    The DGMO told the press in New Delhi that the infiltration bid has increased this year in comparison to the last 3 to 4 years. Of the 110 militants neutralised this year, 31 were killed while trying to cross the Line of Control, which shows the desperation from the other side to infiltrate into Indian, Lt. General Ranbir Singh said.

  • 18:11 (IST)

    Combing operations called off: DGMO

     

    According to ANI, Director General of Military Operations, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, has said that the combing operations have been called off after carrying out thorough search. The entire area in and around the Uri army base has been cleared of grenades, explosives, radio equipmenst and other such items.

  • 17:55 (IST)

    National Investigation Agency (NIA) team arrives at the site of Uri terror attack

     

     

     

  • 17:36 (IST)

    Last rites of Subedar Karnail Singh of 10 Dogra Regiment being carried out in Jammu.

     

     

  • 17:27 (IST)

    Bangladesh strongly stands with India to eradicate terrorism

     

    Bangladesh Envoy to India,  Syed Muazzem Ali, offered deep condolence to the martyrs and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured soldiers. He said that Dhaka strongly condemns all acts of terrorism and extremism reiterating that Bangladesh “strongly stands with India as a close friend and neighbour in this tough hour,” according to CNN-News18.

     

    When asked whether Bangladesh will back India’s bid to isolate Paksitan diplomatically and take up terrorism at the United Nations, he said “we are prepared to cooperate on every front with India to eradicate terrorism.”

  • 17:17 (IST)

    Afghanistan condemns Uri attacks, says strongly stand with India in fight against terror

     

    Afghanistan has expressed solidarity with India, stating that the country has also been facing similar attacks on its security forces.

     

    Shaida Mohd Abdali, Afghan Ambassador to India said, “We fully support PM Modi’s call for a strong & firm action against those who terrorise all people and those who use terrorism as an instrument of foreign police.. We have been seeing this for many years,” according to ANI report.

     

     

  • 17:06 (IST)

    Nawaz Sharif writes to 5 UNSC member states on Kashmir issue

     

    According to CNN-News18, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has written to five UNSC member states urging action against India on the ‘atrocities’ in Kashmir. Islamabad has written to China, UK, US, Russia and France in a bid to internationalise the Kashmir issue ahead of the upcoming UNGA meeting in New York.

  • 16:57 (IST)

    India propagating ‘hostile narrative’ against Islamabad: Pakistan Army

     

    Refuting India’s allegation that Pakistan sponsored terrorists were behind the attack, Pakistan Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif said that New Delhi was propagating a ‘hostile narrative’ against Islamabad. Sharif said that Pakistan was closely watching the situation and was fully prepared to take on India, if need be, CNN-News18 reported.

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Following the Uri attack, there were reports of anti-Pakistan protests from various parts of the country. Some BJP activists in Patna, Bihar burnt Pakistani flags in a show of protest against the attack on army base on Sunday while members of Akhand Bharat Morcha raised slogans and protested in New Delhi.

     

     

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Unable to win open war, Pak resorting to subversive acts: Prakash Javadekar

     

    Taking a dig at Pakistan for aiding and abetting terrorism on Indian soil, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that since Islamabad couldn’t win an open war with India, it was resorting to “subversive activities”.

     

    Batting for a pro-peace, pro-development approach the minister said, “We want both the countries to go forward on the path of development peacefully.”

  • 16:31 (IST)

    Such incidents should be dealt with heavy hand: Punjab CM

     

    Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal condemned the attack on the army base at Uri, stating that the country has a decisive Prime Minister who would give a befitting reply to those involved in the terror strike.

     

    Lauding the BJP-led central government, Badal said that the NDA government was fully committed to uphold the sovereignty of the country and protect its borders by foiling such attacks.

     

    Badal said such incidents must be dealt with a heavy hand to avoid any threat to the unity and integrity of the nation.

  • 16:19 (IST)

    A senior police officer pays tribute to the soldiers killed in Uri attack, at a ceremony in Srinagar on Monday. In one of the worst fidayeen attack on the Indian Army in recent years, the death toll on Monday shot up to 18 after another soldier, K Vikas Janardhan, succumbed to his injuries at the RR Hospital in New Delhi.

     

    The chief ministers of various states have announced financial aide to the family of the martyrs, and the Centre has promised stern action against those responsible for the terror attack.

     

     

  • 16:06 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval and Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhaag at his official residence in New Delhi on Monday.

     

    According to reports, Modi and his ministers decided against any knee-jerk reaction to the Uri attacks, However, PM Modi and his cabinet of ministers agree that Pakistan must be isolated on the world stage.

  • 15:56 (IST)

    Another soldier succumbs to injuries: Death toll now 18

     

    Sepoy K Vikas Janardhan, who was airlifted to the Army Research and Referral Hospital after being critically injured in the Uri attack, succumbed to injuries today, raising the toll in the terror strike to 18.

     

    Two other critically injured soldiers have also been airlifted to the military hospital in New Delhi.

  • 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.

  • 15:46 (IST)

    Three lessons for India from Uri attack

     

    No intelligence failure this time, experts have said but many reports have cited examples which proves that there were serious security lapses. Prakash Nanda, in this piece, speaks to General Raj Mehta, a military veterans, who said it is really worrisome how and where breaches in security occurred to allow unchallenged access to thefidayeen to the base or camp for so many kilometres inside the Indian territory.

     

    Nanda, in his piece, suggests immediate need of the hour is to identify and plug these breaches. Besides, it is quite possible that there are sleeper cells in the area, which the local Police are unable to deal with.

  • 15:29 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee tweets, condemns Uri attack

  • 15:27 (IST)

    Attackers had key information: Intel sources

     

    Over the past week, at least four major infiltration bids were reported – Nowgam in Baramulla; Poonch where one policeman was injured and two instances of forces foiling infiltration bids at Gurez and Tangdhar.
    Speaking to TOI, intelligence agency sources said that Pakistan was upto something in Uri. Uri sector is where a “changeover of troops was in progress” and according to officials attackers possibly had prior information.

  • 15:23 (IST)

  • 15:23 (IST)

    Prithvi Raj Chavan said attackers had sufficient info about the camp in Uri

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to 3 martyred soldiers in Uri from Bihar

     

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each to three soldiers, hailing from Bihar, who were killed in the terror attack at Uri. Nitish Kumar also announced to accord full state honour to the three martyred soldiers, who belonged to the Bihar regiment.

     

    The martyred soldiers have been identified as S K Vidyarthi from Gaya, Rakesh Singh from Kaimur and Ashok Kumar Singh from Ara in Bhojpur district. The CM said in an official statement that while minister in-charge of the district of Kaimur and Gaya would be present at the cremation of Rakesh Singh and S K Vidyarthi respectively, the funeral of Ashok Kumar Singh in Ara would be attended by Industries minister Jai Kumar Singh.

     

    Kumar expressed deep sorrow over the terror attack that left 17 jawans dead on Sunday. “The country will always remember their martyrdom,” the chief minister said.

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Another soldier succumbs to injuries, death toll at 18

    ANI reported that Sepoy K Vikas Janardhan has succumbed to his injuries at the R&R Hospital in New Delhi. The death toll has now risen to 18.

  • 15:09 (IST)

    Who will the govt punish? asks Congress

  • 15:08 (IST)

    We expect all kind of help from India: Baloch representative

    Abdul Bugti, Baloch representative, told CNN-News18, “We are gtoing to take help from coutnries like India and Bangladesh.”

    “We are expecting all kind of help from India: diplomatic help, moral support. They have highlited the issue in the UN. We hope India also highlights the issue in the UN General Assembly,” he said.

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Maharashtra govt announces financial aid for families of martyrs

    According to ANI, Maharashtra government announced financial aid of Rs 15 lakh each for the families of soldiers from Maharashtra who were martyred in the attack.

  • 14:59 (IST)

    Baloch leader decides to file asylum papers to India

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Meanwhile, China expresses concern over Kashmir issue

    China voiced concern over the “escalation” of violence and “rising temperatures” in Kashmir after the Uri terror attack and called on India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue and enhance counter-terrorism cooperation.

    Expressing shock over the Uri attack, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “We want to express our deep sympathies and condolences to the affected families and the injured.”

    “We have noted relevant reports. We are shocked by this attack,” Lu told media briefing here when asked about India’s allegation that Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad’s involvement in the attack.

    “China opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. We are concerned about this escalation and rising temperatures surrounding Kashmir situation,” he said. – PTI

  • 14:45 (IST)

    PM Narendra Modi meeting with Rajnath, Jaitley, Doval gives nod to diplomatically isolate Pakistan at every international grouping.

  • 14:43 (IST)

    Those on sentry duty in Uri weren’t alert?

     

    During the security review meeting by Rajnath Singh, the possibillity that those on guard duty might not have been sufficiently alert, came up. Those who attended the meeting agreed that it was a serious lapse in view of the lesson from Pathankot where a fidayeen squad of Jaish infiltrated the strategically crucial air base.
    Speaking to The Times of India, an Army officer said, “All possible lapses on part of the Army, which was in charge of guarding both the LoC and base perimeter, are subjects of a detailed enquiry.”

  • 14:33 (IST)

    ‘India just wants to defame Pakistan’

     

    “Assisted by its crafty media, the Indian political and security establishment is notorious for designing bizarre pseudo operations so that it could defame Pakistan in the eyes of the world, muster international support and to cover up its intelligence failures,” The News International wrote.
    Another article in The News International stated that sources in the Pakistani security establishment said that the Uri attack was “a Pathankot-like Indian-staged drama to trumpet its terrorism mantra against Pakistan” and the battalion headquarters in Uri was “chosen deliberately to antagonise the Sikhs from supporting the Muslims’ struggle in Kashmir”.
    The Dawn, on the other hand, was slightly less fanatical. It merely accused India of destablising the region.

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Pakistan media’s bizarre reaction to Uri terror attack
    While the world came together to condemn the dastardly attack in Uri, Pakistan media had a different, and a rather bizarre stand on Sunday’s terror attack. The Pakistan media blamed India for the Uri attacks, saying its timing was suspicious because it coincided with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif heading to the UN General Assembly to talk about Kashmir.

     

    Perhaps the most caustic remarks against India were made in an article in The News International titled ‘Uri attack is an addition to RAW failures’. “The Indian political and security establishment is notorious for designing bizarre pseudo operations so that it could defame Pakistan in the eyes of the world,” said the article.

  • 14:23 (IST)

    ‘India should increase support for Baloch liberation’

     

    Latest reports say that the Cabinet ministers have suggested that India should Increase support for Baloch liberation and repay Pakistan in kind. However, Firstpost was not able to verify the veracity of this information.

     

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Do not pay heed to Pakistan’s reaction: Kiren Rijiju

     

    India will carefully decide its future course of action in the aftermath of the terror attack in Uri and will not do anything on the basis of what Pakistan says, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said.

     

    “We must not pay heed to Pakistan’s reaction. Everything is in front of the people. We will take our next steps carefully. It does not matter what Pakistan says,” he told reporters here.

  • 14:15 (IST)

    Lacunae which led to Uri attacks needs to be probed: VK Singh

     

    Union Minister and former army chief V K Singh said the “lacunae” which led to the attack at an army base in Uri need to be investigated even as he advised the Indian Army to decide on its response “coolly” with proper planning. “Having seen the army closely, I feel, it needs to be analysed as to what happened there…It needs to be investigated how the incident took place and what were the lacunae,” the Minister of State for External Affairs said.

     

    “…from the army’s side, alertness is required. The Kashmir situation needs to be thought about. The action has to be taken without getting influenced by emotions, anger. It has to be taken coolly and with proper planning,” Singh said. He also said Modi, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley have already spoken about the action which will be taken.

     

    “(That action) we will leave it to the government,” he added.

  • 14:07 (IST)

    Uri is PM Modi’s failure: Shiv Sena

     

    Stating that foreign nations would not do anything to help India on the issue, Shiv Sena editorial said that if Pakistan could use four terrorists to wreak havoc why India cannot use its security forces to strike Pakistan.

     

    The Sena said that merely decorating coffins of martyred soldiers or accepting condolences from foreign nations would not serve the purpose. Instead, giving credence to our security forces is the need of the hour.

     

    “Terrorist attacks have become regular in Jammu and Kashmir. Whose failure is this? Modi may continue to issue warnings but the question is how much and when would Pakistan pay heed to them?” the Sena said.

  • 14:06 (IST)

    Modi might not attend Saarc Summit 

     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to attend the Saarc Summit in Islamabad, according to the sources in the government said. It was learnt that the decision was taken before the Uri terror attack but now after the incident it is almost certain that Modi is unlikely to attend the meet.
    It is yet to be known that who will attend the meet from India to place adequate words with proof to suggest that Uri terrorists actually came from Pakistan. The government will also raise the Pakistan terror issues during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled to be held on September 26 in New York. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the UNGA and she is expected to make a strong speech on how Pakistan is using terrorists to destabilize India’s peace and development.

  • 14:03 (IST)

  • 14:03 (IST)

    India should call Pakistan’s nuclear bluff

     

    India has a wide-range of options to chose from when it comes to retaliating against Pakistan. For one, India should call Pakistan’s nuclear bluff.

     

    India, for too long now, has allowed a demographically small, economically weak and a malicious, irresponsible, failed rogue state to hold us to ransom over the nuclear bogey, writes Sreemoy. Read the full article here. 

  • 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 ofFirstpost 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.”

  • 13:53 (IST)

    Protests break out in Bihar 

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Centre may call for an all-party meet

     

    Centre is hoping that all major political parties will be onboard with whatever decision the Modi government takes against the perpetrators of the Uri attack. Reports also said that the Centre might call for an all-party meeting to discuss the future course of action.

     

    “No deicision will be taken in a hurry,” sources told TV channels. The central leadership also hoped that Uri terror attack won’t be politicised for brownie points.

  • 13:49 (IST)

    Families of slain soldiers react

     

    Speaking to ANI, relative of a soldier who died in Sunday’s Uri attack said, “He died for country, it’s not a sad thing.”

  • 13:44 (IST)

    No point in building international image: Sena tells PM 

     

    “One has to accept that the situation today is worse than what was during the Congress regime. At a time when pro-Pakistan sloganeering is on in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistani flags are being hoisted there, the Centre should dissolve the state government and impose ‘martial law’ there as President’s (Governor’s) rule wouldn’t suffice,” Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

     

    “Pakistan has waged an open war against India now, while we cannot do anything except issue warnings. The probe into the Pathankot terror attack too did not result in any action against that country,” it said.

     

    “Why are we searching for proof of Pakistan’s involvement in this terror attack? This proof has no value at the international level. If you (Modi) do not have the courage to strike Pakistan like the US did to eliminate Osama Bin Laden, there is no use of building an international image,” it added.

  • 13:43 (IST)

    Sena needles PM over Uri attack, says situation worse than Congress rule

     

    In a bid to needle PM Narendra Modi over the Uri terror attack, Shiv Sena said the situation has become worse than that under the previous Congress regime and if the Prime Minister is unable to strike Pakistan and eliminate terrorists, his exercise of building a global image will prove futile.

     

    The Sena also called for dissolution of the government in Jammu and Kashmir and imposition of martial law in the state to sternly deal with the terrorists and pro-Pakistan elements.

     

    Striking a hawkish posture, Sena said Pakistan has waged an open war against India with this attack and our attempt to gather proof of its involvement will yield no result internationally.

  • 13:38 (IST)

    ‘Military offensive against Uri terror attack will be knee-jerk’

     

    CNN-News18 reports inside details of the high-level meeting between PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and NSA Ajit Doval. According to reports, the leadership said that a military offensive will be a knee-jerk reaction and India might refrain from something like that. The more doable options are an artillery offensive at the Line of Control on terror camps.

     

    Discussing India’s counter to Uri masterminds, senior Cabinet ministers said that a diplomatic offensive at the upcoming UN meet in New York will be India’s immediate response. “Intelligence-based offensive targetting Uri masterminds is doable too,” sources told CNN-News18.

  • 13:34 (IST)

     

    Deplorable that Rajnath chose to blame Pakistan even prior to conducting a proper investigation: Sartaj Aziz

     

    Reacting to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement that Pakistan is a “terrorist state” and should be isolated, Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs on Monday, said that it was deplorable that the Indian minister chose to blame Pakistan for the incident even prior to conducting a proper investigation.

     

    “The statement is part of a pattern to mislead world opinion and cover up India’s reign of terror in Kashmir, he said.

  • 13:27 (IST)

    We hope that the government will take stern action against this: Amitabh Bachchan

  • 13:25 (IST)

    India diverting attention from Kashmir: Sartaj Aziz

    Pakistan on Monday accused India of misleading the world opinion to cover up its “reign of terror” in Kashmir by a spate of “vitriolic” and “unsubstantiated” statements.

     

    “Pakistan has noted with serious concern the recent spate of vitriolic and unsubstantiated statements emanating from Indian civil and military leadership in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack” in Uri, Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, said.

     

    He said Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless and irresponsible accusations being levelled by senior officials in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government.

     

    “It is a blatant attempt on India’s part to deflect attention from the fast deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Kashmir since the death of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani,” Aziz said.

     

  • 13:17 (IST)

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav announce financial assistance

    According to ANI, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar announced Rs 5 lakh and Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav announced Rs 20 lakh as financial assistance for the families of martyred soldiers.

     

  • 13:03 (IST)

  • 12:55 (IST)

    Mehbooba Mufti meets injured soldiers

  • 12:55 (IST)

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 Parrikarand 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

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.

India – Army foils infiltration bid, kills 10 terrorists in Uri sector

Image result for uri attackThe Army on Tuesday killed 10 of the 15 terrorists trying to cross over to the Indian side from Pakistan at Lachipura area of Uri sector in Jammu-Kashmir. The encounter comes just days after four terrorists attacked an Army camp in Uri sector and killed 18 jawans.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the terrorists attack at Uri will not go unpunished. He chaired a high-level meeting on Monday to discuss the next course of action. The meeting, attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, heard from National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Army chief General Dalbir Singh on possible long-term options to retaliate against jihadist logistics and the Pakistani military infrastructure. The Prime Minister briefed President Pranab Mukherjee on the discussions late Monday.

Sources said that the government is mulling options on how to tackle Pakistan. The plan to mount a concerted global effort to isolate the neighbouring country is believed to one of the options. Top Army commanders have cautioned the government against rash military action as the Pakistani Army have reportedly fortified their defences, and an attack from the Indian side of the border has been termed risky.

In a diplomatic move to corner Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swarajis likely to raise the issue at the United Nation General Assembly in her speech on September 26.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Rangers have violated the 2003 ceasefire agreement along the international boundary and the LoC — the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two neighbours.

“There has been a ceasefire violation in Uri sector – small arms,” a Defence spokesman said in Srinagar. “It has not been intense or continuous firing from across. We are trying to ascertain details and will let you know”.
He said the firing from across the Line of Control took place between 1.10 pm and 1.30 pm. The official said while there were no reports of any casualty in the firing, further details of the incident were awaited.

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