With the exception of Russia, Uri attack by Pakistani terrorists generated strong responses against terrorism across the world but not against the country responsible for the attack. Almost all major countries have shown their sympathy and solidarity with India in its fight against terrorism. However, most of their responses, with the exception of Russia, are not any different from the usual.
Most of the developed world including countries like the United States, France, China and Germany have been victims of terrorism in recent times. However, when it comes to showing their solidarity for action against Pakistan, which harbours terrorists to use against India, the international community routinely refrains from even taking the name of the country. Not only the terrorists, who have been allowed to roam free on its territory, even Osama Bin Laden was found by the US soldiers on Pakistani territory.
Uri attack provided the world leaders one more opportunity to express in clear terms their stand against Pakistan and its terror industry. However, they chose not to do so. With terror attacks becoming rampant across the world, even responses from the world leaders have become usual.
India had told the international community in clear terms that the attack on Sunday, in which 18 Indian soldiers died, was carried out by terrorists from Pakistan. However, none of the countries, except Russia, mentioned the “‘terrorist state” in their messages to India.
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 20, 2016
Both India and Russia have shared friendly relations for several decades and it seems they are growing strong. In its message to India, Russia said: “We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the Indian military unit in the area of Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, which occurred on the night of 18 September. Seventeen soldiers were killed and 30 injured in the attack. We express our deep condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. In view of the attack in the Indian air base at Pathankot in January this year, we note with concern the resurgence of terrorist attacks near Line of control. It is alarming, and according to New Delhi, the attack on military unit near the town of Uri was committed from the territory of Pakistan.” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup shared the Russian message on Twitter.
Not only this, Russia also called off its proposed joint military exercise with Pakistan, a report on CNN-News18 said yesterday. The move was seen as a big diplomatic gain for India as the country tries to isolate Pakistan in the international arena. Pakistan and Russia were scheduled to conduct the ‘Druzhba-2016’ tactical exercises from September 24-October 7 in Rattu and Cherat.
One hopes that other countries would also soon understand how by remaining in denial mode against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, they are effortlessly parenting a time bomb that may consume not just India but the entire world.