The Indian Army on Sunday said that the Uri terror attack, which left 17 army jawans dead, was the handiwork of terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM). The four terrorists were gunned down by Army personnel after a three-hour gunbattle, and a combing operation was underway. Among those that were martyred, 15 jawans were from the Bihar regiment while two were from the Dogra regiment. The Army said 13-14 casualties had been due to the tents and temporary shelters that caught fire. Follow LIVE updates on the Uri attack aftermath here
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack in strong words saying those responsible for it would not go unpunished. Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a review meeting on Sunday and will meet with senior officials on Monday as well.
While political leaders across the spectrum slammed Pakistan for “aiding and abetting extremist forces”, Pakistan has denied any involvement in the dastardly attack that has inflicted highest casualty on the Indian Army in a single militant attack.
We take a look at how Pakistani media covered the Uri terror attack. Here are some of Pakistan’s top news dailies, covering the story from the neighbour’s angle:
The News International
The News International said that the military camp was attacked by “militants” in Uri. The newspaper included Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement on Pakistan along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s. The newspaper said that Pakistani security officials were confident that the Uri attack was “Pathankot-like stage drama to trumpet its terrorism mantra against Pakistan…” The story further said that the military brigade headquarter was chosen deliberately because of its Sikh-dominated population which would help in antagonising the Sikh community from supporting the Kashmir struggle. The article, written by an investigative editor Ansar Abbasi, questions the attack despite high security in the army unit.
The Express Tribune
The Express Tribune reported that the Indian officials had jumped the gun in blaming Pakistan for an attack that killed 17 of its jawans. The newspaper also included Pakistan Defence Minister Khawja Asif’s tweet that said: “Don’t rule out inside job to malign Azadi movement by blaming Pakistan.” The lead article also said that the “brazen militant attack near the LoC had triggered a “verbal spat” between New Delhi and Islamabad escalating the tension between the two “bitter and nuclear-armed” neighbours.
The Pakistan Observer reported that “four heavily-armed suspected militants” killed 17 soldiers in an army base. Rejecting “baseless allegations” from India, the newspaper quoted Pakistan’s Director General of Military Operations saying that “no infiltration is allowed from Pakistani soil because water-tight arrangements were on both sides of the LOC Working boundary all along.” The newspaper also termed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement on Pakistan as an “anti-Pakistan rant” and underlined the fact that Singh’s “vitriol” came ahead of the UN meeting where, according to Pakistani newspapers, India and Pakistan will be locked in a showdown over Kashmir.
The front page of the Dawn newspaper too covered the attack and touted Singh’s attack on Pakistan as a “vitriolic assault.” The lead article also said that “India regularly accuses Pakistan of arming and sending the militants across the LoC to launch attacks on its forces.” The newspaper also dedicated an editorial column to the Uri attack and noted that the “Indian authorities’ accusations against Pakistan has plunged Pak-India relations into a dangerous and unstable new phase.” The editorial also carried out Singh’s referral to Pakistan as “terrorist state.” It also quoted Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson saying, “Pakistan is always blamed for any untoward incident in India.”
The reports are from some of Pakistan’s top read news dailies.