In the wake of Uri attack, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has instructed the Army to take firm action against those responsible for the attack, in which 17 soldiers lost their lives.
Parrikar, who visited Srinagar, twitted: “The supreme sacrifice of 17 brave soldiers will not go in vain. My salute to them. Reviewed situation in Kashmir following Uri attack with Army Chief & Commanders. Instructed to take firm action against those responsible.”
Northern Army and Chinar Corps Commanders Lt Gen DS Hooda and Lt Gen Satish Dua on Sunday briefed Parrikar, who flew to Sringar, to take stock of the situation.
The Defence Minister also visited the injured soldiers at the hospital in Srinagar and instructed the authorities to provide them the best possible treatment.
Pakistan has rejected India’s blame that the attack was carried out by Pakistan. Pakistan said India’s charge is totally baseless and irresponsible.” 30 others were also injured in the terror attack.
Pakistan went on to say that India has a “history of blaming Pakistan” immediately after a terror strike.
The Director General of Military Operations, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, said the terrorists were foreigners and there are clear signs of the role of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, whose chief Masood Azhar is based in Pakistan. The group had also been involved in the terror attack on Pathankot air base in January during which 7 army-men were killed.
The terrorists had “items of Pakistani markings”, said Lt General Singh, adding that he had conveyed “serious concerns” to his Pakistani counterpart. Besides four AK 47 rifles and grenade launchers, a large number of grenades and food with Pakistani markings have been found in search ops.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar and other senior officials of Army and paramilitary forces briefed Rajnath on the prevailing situation in the state following the terror strike.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in an interview to a TV channel said the Indian allegations against Pakistan are “totally baseless and irresponsible”.
“Pakistan always sought concrete evidence from India to prove its accusations, but it failed to do so,” he said.
Zakaria alleged that “India has a history of blaming Pakistan immediately after a terror attack, which always proved wrong in investigations”.