The decision came after India said it had evidence linking the attack to Pakistan. The death toll in the pre-dawn attack yesterday, meanwhile, rose to 18 with Sepoy K Vikas Janardhan, who was airlifted to the Army Research and Referral Hospital here after being critically injured, succumbing to injuries.
Rajnath said Islamabad has become a terrorist state. However, we have the desired capability to respond to such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us.
“We reserved the right to respond at a place and time of our choosing”.
Among the arms and ammunition recovered from the dead militants were 39 UBGL grenades, five hand grenades, two radio sets, two Global Positioning System devices, two maps and “large quantities of food and medicines with Pakistani markings on them”, the DGMO said. “Whether it is our Defence Minister, Home Minister, Finance Minister, the General of our Army everyone have spoke on it or have started to take stock of the situation”. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was conspicuous by her absence.
Heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM had Sunday stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir, killing 17 jawans.
On Monday, Parrikar met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and later had a meeting at his office with Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
“There should be an element of surprise which is not there at the moment as Pakistan will be prepared for a retaliation”.
But whatever measures India decides on, New Delhi will have to consider their implications.
The attack squeezed the already shrinking space for bilateral diplomatic détente and jeopardized hopes of any peace to Kashmir that has been rocked by violent protests, which have killed 86 people.
A series of meetings betrayed a sense of urgency after the latest attack – the deadliest the army has seen in recent years. “The statement is part of a pattern to mislead world opinion and cover up India’s reign of terror in (Jammu and Kashmir)”.
Daily Dawn reported that Sharif while addressing an army’s corp commanders conference at general headquarters took note of “hostile narrative being propagated by India”.
Acting High Commissioner for Canada to India Jess Dutton said, “The Government of Canada extends condolences to the victims and their families”.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has written to leaders Permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russian Federation, UK and the USA) seeking intervention to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. “If you are strong, the country needs proof of it”, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.