In a major push for India’s bid to isolate Pakistan internationally, US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked the neighbouring country to act on the Uri terrorist attack. According to an India Today report, Kerry has asked Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to support India in all possible ways in the investigation of the Uri attack. In yet another big move, US has also snubbed Pakistan’s ‘Kashmir’ rant. Kerry had earlier also asked Sharif to prevent terrorists from using the Pakistani territory as safe havens.
An Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri was attacked by terrorists, believed to be from Pakistan. 18 Indian Army soldiers were martyred in the attack. The Army was successful in neutralising all four terrorists and the items recovered from their bodies show Pakistani markings. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday summoned pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, over the attack. “The latest terrorist attack in Uri only underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active,” S Jaishankar told Basit. “If the Government of Pakistan wishes to investigate these cross-border attacks, India is ready to provide finger prints and DNA samples of terrorists killed in the Uri and Poonch incidents,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif continued his rant of ‘Kashmir’ and glorified Burhan Wani, the terrorist who was killed by Indian security forces a few months ago. At the UN General Assembly, Sharif said, “Kashmiris want freedom from India. Peace between India and Pakistan cannot be finally achieved without resolution to the Kashmir dispute.” On Burhan Wani, he said, “The young leader murdered by Indian forces has emerged as a symbol of latest Kashmiri Intifada”.
On its part, India lambasted Sharif’s speech, slamming Pakistan for its “long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism”. “The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times, is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism. It attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world,” India said. The Narendra Modi has adopted the strong policy of internationally isolating Pakistan. Russia too has taken a big step by naming Pakistan in its statement that condemned the Uri attack. Russia has also called off joint military drills with Pakistan, a move that is being seen as a direct fallout of the Uri terrorist attack.