Uri Attack: India retaliates with its favorite weapon – impotent words
Seventeen soldiers were killed in a major terror attack at an army base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri near the Line of Control on Sunday, the deadliest in recent years. India has retaliates strongly with its usual tough words
The terrorists sneaked into the base, about 100 km from Srinagar, around 5:30 am, threw several grenades and fired indiscriminately, causing the most deaths the army has suffered in a single attack in years.
Around 30 soldiers were injured in a three-hour gunbattle with the terrorists who are believed to have crossed a canal along the Line of Control, cut through the fencing and infiltrated into Kashmir.
India reacted ‘strongly’ with angry words. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished.” Vice president Hamid Ansari expressed deep shock at the terrorist attack and blamed Pakistan for it without naming it.
“Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in tweets, adding that the attackers were “highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped”. However, India has never officially declared Pakistan a terrorist state and Rajnath himself was in Pakistan a few weeks back for SAARC summit, when even Bangladesh did not send its minister to the terrorist nation.
An ex-army general remarked to media that it’s difficult to discern how the reaction of Narendra Modi is any different from Manmohan Singh, the last PM from UPA.