NEW DELHI: On the day after the Uri terror attack that killed 17 soldiers , it appears that shock has given way to rage among citizens, politicians and the armed forces. The gloves are off.
“Decisive action needed against Pak” and “Give Pak befitting reply” seem to be the words on everyone’s lips. There were several high-level meetings today with top government officials and armed forces biggies to discuss the country’s response to the attack.
India has directly blamed Pakistan for the pre-dawn strike in which terrorists sneaked into the Uri army base, threw grenades and opened fire. The attack took place during a change of command, when two regiments were present at the base and many soldiers were in tents. Most of the soldiers were burnt alive when their tents caught fire in the grenade attack.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that “those behind the despicable attack will not go unpunished,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: “Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such.”
Today, junior defence minister Subhash Bhamre said: “Let’s be sure, a befitting reply will be given.”
Islamabad in its statement has also alleged a “blatant attempt on India’s part to deflect attention from the fast deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation” in Kashmir since the death of Burhan Wani.
New Delhi has accused Pakistan of inciting the violent protests in Kashmir in which around 80 people have been killed and 10,000 civilians and security personnel injured since July 8, when Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed.
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