The Indian Army suffered a major loss today, when 17 of its soldiers died in a terror attack carried out on its rear base of an infantry regiment in Uri. The 12th brigade headquarters at Uri is located close to the Line of Control (LoC). The rear office is where army battalion’s logistic equipment is kept. After a prolonged gunfight and explosions, 17 soldiers were killed while 19 personnel were injured. Four terrorists were neutralised in the operation.
Attacking Pakistan over the attacks, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the government should stop the diplomacy of sarees, biryanis, sweets and shawls and should instead send a hard-hitting message to the neighbouring country.
“It is a disturbing moment and a moment of introspection. I shudder to think, how can the nation ever and ever repay for such supreme and ultimate sacrifices of our precious Jawans,” said the minister of state in Prime Minister’s Office.
He further added that those who are behind this attack, should be severely punished.
“It is time for all of us to put our heads together and devise an effective strategy to deter such attacks in future. I feel shattered over the loss of 17 precious lives of our brave soldiers. There is no other option but to punish those behind this dastardly act,” the Minister said.
“I am not one bit in favour of responding with cowardice,” added Singh.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh while holding Pakistan for the attacks in Uri said, “Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such. I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.” He further added that those who attacked Uri, were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped.