Uri attack: Reserve rights to hit back, says Army on punishing perpetrators

Written by Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2016 8:15 pm
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Reacting to questions over punishing perpetrators of the Uri terror attack that claimed the lives of 18 Indian soldiers, the Army on Monday said it has desired capability to respond to such blatant acts at the time and place of its choice.

“We reserve the right to respond at the time and place of our choosing. We have desired capability to respond to such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us,” said Director General of Military Operation (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh.

In a press breifing, Singh said that infiltration bids from the other side of the border habe increased this year in comparison to last 3-4 years which indicated Pakistan;s desperattion to create disturbance in Valley. “During 2016, there have been a total of 17 infiltration bids across the LoC, which have been sucessfully eliminated by the Army. It indicates very desperate attempt from across the border to push infiltrators into India with a view to create disturbances,” said Singh.

He also told media that the item recovered from the slain terrorists have Pakistan stamps. “Total recoveries during the operation include 4 AK rifles, 4 grenade launchers, 4 under barrel grenade launchers. Recoveries include, large quantity of food and medicine packets, having markings of Pakistan,” said Singh.

Meanwhile, the high-level meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Uri attack decided to gather evidence against Pakistan to isolate the neighbouring country at international fora.

Accoridng to sources, Modi wants clear evidence of Pakistan’s complicity to be presented to all major global fora, including the upcoming UN General Assembly.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minster Manohar Parrikar, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Army Chief Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag and other senior officials in the PMO, Defence Ministry and the Home Ministry.

The meeting is believed to have also considered several other options, the sources said, but these were likely to be measured and well thought-out.