Pakistan sturdily discards any role in Sunday’s early morning lethal bout on the Indian armed base in the dubious Kashmir region as it put border guards on ‘high alert’ amid qualms of budding military boom between the two countries.
In a knee-jerk response to the attack on the brigade headquarters in Uri, India’s civil and military leaders directly blamed Pakistan with media critics calling for a military reply.
Hours after the attack the India’s director general military operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh contacted his Pakistan counterpart Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza through a hotline to claim that the attackers had penetrated from Pakistan.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed the hotline contact but said Maj Gen Mirza refuted the ‘unfounded and premature’ Indian allegations and asked his Indian counterpart to share any actionable intelligence.
He made it clear that no infiltration was allowed from Pakistan’s side because ‘water tight’ arrangements were in place on both sides of the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
Speaking to reporters in Srinagar, Lt Gen Singh claimed that the four militants involved in the Uri attack were foreigners and linked with the Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group.
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A senior military official told The Express Tribune that it was not surprising that India was quick to blame Pakistan for the Uri attack.
India’s retired generals and diplomats started pointed fingers at Pakistan even while the attack was still under way.
“Therefore, it was a foregone conclusion that India would eventually lay the blame on us (Pakistan),” said official, who requested not to be quoted on record because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Official questioned the timing of the attack, saying that it seemed to be meant at diverting attention from serious human rights violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir just ahead of the start of a UN General Assembly session in New York.
While the military official was reluctant to publically say that the Uri attack might be a ‘false flag’ operation, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif was open.
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“The Indian army is massacring Kashmiris. As you sow, so shall you reap,” Asif posted a message on his twitter handle while reacting to the Uri attack.
“Don’t rule out inside job to malign Azadi movement by blaming Pakistan,” Khawaja Asif added.
The aggressive posturing by India compelled Pakistan Army to be on ‘high alert’ along the Line of Control and working boundary to deal with any attempt by Indian forces to carry out what the Indian media was speculating ‘surgical strikes’ against alleged terror camps in this side of LoC.
Military sources said Pakistan was ready to respond to any ‘misadventure’ from across the border.