On September 18, at the break of dawn, 19 Indian Army soldiers were killed and several others injured after a brazen attack at an army base camp in Uri, Kashmir. The armed militants lobbed grenades into their tents and barracks, while the soldiers were sleeping. The ensuing fire led to a large number of casualties. Twenty-eight injured soldiers are being treated at a military hospital. The preliminary investigations into the incident revealed that Pakistan-based organisation Jaish-e-mohammad was behind the attacks.
The terrorist attacks garnered widespread criticism and condemnation from leaders and public figures from all around the world. Immediately after the incident, PM Narendra Modi sent out a tweet saying that that those behind the attacks will not be spared.
PM Modi’s first response to the attack
“We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished,” Modi’s tweet said.
The Prime Minister also offered condolences to the families of soldiers who lost their lives. “We salute all those martyred in Uri. Their service to the nation will always be remembered. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he tweeted.
He also wrote on the actions initially taken by the government after the terrorist action. His tweet said, “Have spoken to HM (Home Minister Rajnath Singh) & RM (Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar) on the situation. RM will go to J&K himself to take stock of the situation.”
Modi’s speech in Kerala
Narendra Modi went to Kozhikode in Kerala on 21st to attend the BJP council meet over Uri incident. Yesterday, PM Modi gave his first public speech after the incident and slammed Pakistan for its refusal to take actions against those responsible.
Addressing the BJP national conclave in Kozhikode, PM Modi said, “There is only one country in Asia that indulges in terrorism and exporting it around the world. Terrorism is humanity’s enemy and India will never forget the 18 martyred soldiers who were killed by terrorists in Uri.”
The Prime Minister said India had never bowed to terror and will never do so in future and will strive to defeat it. “Be it Afghanistan, Bangladesh or other nations, we have seen whenever the news of terror incidents comes, terrorists have either gone from this country (Pakistan) or have settled there after committing the crime,” he said.
PM Modi also slammed Pakistan saying that the country cannot handle PoK, Gilgit and Balochistan, which are already under it’s control. “A day will come when people of Pakistan will go against its own government to fight terrorism,” he added.
He also directly appealed to Pakistani citizens saying that India was ready to fight for them if they have the strength to join the fight against poverty. “I call upon people of Pakistan to come forward,fight a war on who defeats unemployment, poverty, illiteracy first. Lets see who wins?” he said.
PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat address
On Sunday, PM addressed the nation in his monthly radio broadcast programme Mann Ki Baat, which airs at All India Radio. PM again started his speech by saying that Uri attackers will not be spared. “I pay my tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in Uri terror attack. The culprits will be punished for sure,” he said.
PM Modi also said that he has full confidence in Indian Army and are proud of them. He talked about a youth who
Modi talked about a youth, a class 11 student, named Harshvardhan, who wrote to him talking about his will to serve the nation after Uri attack.
While addressing Kashmiris in his address, Modi said that people from Kashmir are now getting aware regarding who are the anti-national elements.
The Uri attack was one of the most devastating terror attacks in the country in recent times. On Sunday, another soldier, an Odia BSF jawan succumbed to his injuries, increasing the death toll to 19.