With 17 Army soldiers being killed in a major encounter with terrorists in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Sunday blamed Pakistan for the terror attack, saying that this was a massive controversy against India, adding that the Centre is looking into Islamabad’s role in the matter. Speaking to ANI, Singh stated that the current situation of unrest in the Valley is the result of the proxy war, in which Pakistan has been indulging since ages.
“They [Pakistan] are doing everything in their power to create havoc in Kashmir. The Centre is serious over Pakistan directly sending militants into Kashmir, and is taking this very seriously. This is a very big conspiracy against India, in which terrorists and separatists are active,” he said.
In a statement, the Army said that a group of heavily armed terrorists targeted the rear administrative base of a unit at Uri, and in the counter action, four terrorists have been eliminated and combing operations are in progress. “The administrative base had large strength of troops of units turning over after their tour of duty who were stationed in tents/temporary shelters which caught fire, and resulted in heavy casualties. We salute the sacrifice of 17 soldiers who were martyred in the operation,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh will visit the Valley to take stock of the situation. After postponing his forthcoming visits to the United States and Russia in the wake of the encounter in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has instructed Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other senior officers in the Ministry of Home Affairs to closely monitor the situation in the Valley.
A high level security meet was held at Rajnath’s residence, in which senior MHA and MoD officials were present. “Keeping the situation of Jammu and Kashmir in mind and in the wake of terror attack in Uri, I have postponed my visits to Russia and the USA . Spoke to Governor & CM of Jammu & Kashmir regarding the terror attack in Uri. They have apprised me of the security situation in the state,” Rajnath said in a series of tweets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he had spoken to Rajnath Singh and Parrikar. He also informed that the latter is scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir to take hold of the situation.