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Islamabad envoy summoned, told Uri attackers came from Pakistan

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar told Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit that India had recovered several items from the slain terrorists — GPS, grenades with Pakistani markings, communication equipment, food, medicines and clothes made in Pakistan.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 22, 2016 6:01 AM

Three days after 18 soldiers were killed in a terror attack on an army camp in Uri, India on Wednesday summoned the Pakistan high commissioner and conveyed to him that Pakistan-based terrorists had carried out the attack, and Delhi was ready to provide fingerprints and DNA samples should Islamabad want to investigate the cross-border strike.

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar told Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit that India had recovered several items from the slain terrorists — GPS, grenades with Pakistani markings, communication equipment, food, medicines and clothes made in Pakistan.

Jaishankar, who called Basit around 6 pm to his office in South Block, reminded him that even as he spoke, two engagements at the LoC were going on.

He also reminded Pakistan of its commitment not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India, and demanded that it lives up to its public commitment.

This is the third time since August that the ministry of

external affairs has summoned the Pakistan high commissioner — the earlier occasions being the capture of terrorist Bahadur Ali in August and discourtesy to the Indian envoy in Karachi earlier this month.

Confirming that the Pakistan envoy had been summoned, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Jaishankar called in the high commissioner of Pakistan and reminded him that the government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. “The persistent and growing violation of this undertaking is a matter of very serious concern,” he said.

He said that the terror attack in Uri only “underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active. We demand that Pakistan live up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism against India.”

Starting with the attack on the Pathankot airbase, there have been continuous attempts by armed terrorists to cross the LoC and international boundary to strike in India, the spokesperson said.

He said 17 such attempts have been interdicted at or around the LoC, resulting in the elimination of 31 terrorists and preventing their intended acts of terrorism. “Foreign secretary also reminded him (Basit) that even as he spoke, two engagements at the LoC were ongoing,” he said.

“In the recent incidents, we have recovered a number of items that include: GPS from the bodies of terrorists with coordinates that indicate the point and time of infiltration across the LoC and the subsequent route to the terror attack site; grenades with Pakistani markings; communication matrix sheets; communication equipment; and other stores made in Pakistan, including food, medicines and clothes.”

He said that if the government of Pakistan “wishes to investigate these cross-border attacks, India is ready to provide fingerprints and DNA samples of terrorists killed in the Uri and Poonch incidents”.

“We now expect a response from the Government of Pakistan,” he said.

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