Cross-border terrorism a grave challenge to India's security: Modi

Modi's remark came following the cross-border terror attack at an army unit at Uri on September 18 and the recent attack at Baramulla

In the aftermath of recent attack in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Uri attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday described cross-border terrorism and radicalisation as "grave challenges to our security".

In a joint press statement with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister said: "Rising tide of terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism, and the rise of radicalisation are grave challenges to our security."

"They threaten the very fabric of our societies," Modi said, after the delegation-level talks between the two sides in New Delhi. "It is my firm belief that those who believe in peace and humanity need to stand and act together against this menace."

Modi's remark came following the cross-border terror attack at an army unit at Uri on September 18. The attack claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers. The Uri attack was followed by the attack at an army camp at Baramulla on Sunday in which a BSF trooper was killed.

Reacting to the Uri attack, which India blamed Pakistan responsible, India pulled out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November citing Pakistan's sponsorship of terrorism as the reason.

In what can be called as retaliation to the attack, The Indian Army also carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in which "significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who are trying to support them".

In Tuesday's joint press statement, Singapore's Lee, while condemning terrorism in all its forms, extended his condolences to the families of the victims of the Uri attack.

Modi said that India and Singapore have agreed "to enhance our cooperation to counter these threats, including in the domain of cyber security". "Our defence and security cooperation is a key pillar of our strategic partnership," he stated.