India’s PM Narendra Modi sought evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Uri attacks so that he can present them to all major global forums, including the upcoming UN General Assembly.
He wanted to diplomatically isolate Pakistan as an immediate measure following an attack at a military base in Indian Kashmir. Chairing a meeting on Monday to review the situation in Indian Kashmir, Delhi may not go for ‘knee-jerk’ reaction.
India’s PM was also updated about the use of ‘incendiary’ ammo by fanatic terrorists during the attack in the meeting.
India’s PM was also updated about the use of ‘incendiary’ ammunition by fanatic terrorists during the attack. Such ammunition, experts believe, points to the backing the terrorists received from the Pakistan Army.
The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Army Chief Gen among others.
Earlier, India’s civil and military leaders squarely blamed a Pakistan based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) for the attack on an Army Brigade Headquarters in the Uri area near the Line of Control (LoC) Sunday morning.
Despite calls from its security establishment to consider ‘limited but punitive cross-border strikes’ inside Pakistan, New Delhi has ruled out any ‘knee-jerk’ reaction in the wake of a brazen attack on the Indian army’s headquarters in the disputed Himalayan territory.
Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed by four militants in the attack on an Army Brigade Headquarters in the Uri area near the Line of Control (LoC) Sunday morning.
According to the Indian news agencies, the Indian army wants their government to also consider ‘limited but punitive cross-border strikes’ to send a ‘clear message’ to Pakistan.
It said the Indian Army is also going to turn up the heat along the 778-km Line of Control (LoC) with intense artillery barrages, sniping and other operations.
Indian Army battalions, along the LoC as well as forward Indian Air Force (IAF) bases on the western front have in any case been put on ‘full alert’ to take care of any contingency, India’s PM sources said.
Though ‘surgical strikes’, covert military operations or ‘hot pursuits’ inside Pakistani territory may not be on the cards as yet, the army can certainly ‘bleed’ Pakistani troops without crossing the LoC, the newspaper quoted sources as saying.
However, some Indian officials have also warned against any adventurism against Pakistan, adding that Pakistan is no Myanmar, where Indian Para-SF troops conducted a trans-border raid to take out militants in June 2015.
“The government has to take into account that any strike inside Pakistan can escalate into an all-out war. Pakistan, of course, often threatens first-use of tactical nuclear weapons if it is attacked by India,” said an official.
Meanwhile, former army chief Shankar Roy Choudhary has recommended that India should form its own ‘fidayeen’ or suicide squad. Chaudhary’s remarks were aired by India’s NDTV news channel.