Moving to corner Pakistan over the Uri terror attack, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has summoned Basit over the terrorist attack on the Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri. The meeting is reported to have lasted 15 minutes. Briefing the media about it, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We demand that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment of not allowing terror against India.” “Uri attack shows that the terror machinery in Pakistan is still thriving,” Swarup said. According to Swarup, Pakistan was presented with proof of the origin of the terrorists who were neutralised in the Uri terror attack.
Below is the full text of the statement put out by Vikas Swarup on the MEA Twitter handle:
Foreign Secretary Dr Jaishankar called in the High Commissioner of Pakistan Mr Abdul Basit today and reminded him that the Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 to not 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.
The latest terrorist attack in Uri only underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active. We demand that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism against India. This year beginning with the Pathankot airbase attack, there have been continuous attempts by armed terrorists to cross the LoC and International Boundary in order to carry out attacks in India. Seventeen such attempts have been interdicted at or around the LoC, resulting in the elimination of thirty one terrorists and preventing their intended acts of terrorism. Foreign Secretary also reminded him that even as he spoke two engagements at the LoC were ongoing.
In the recent incidents, we have recovered a number of items that include:
(a) GPS from bodies of terrorists with coordinates that indicate the point and time of infilteration across the LoC and the subsequent route to the terror attack site;
(b) Grenades with Pakistani markings;
(c) Communication matrix sheets;
(d) Communication equipment; and
(e) Other stores made in Pakistan, including food, medicines and clothes.
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.
We now expect a response from the Government of Pakistan.
The Narendra Modi government is aggressively moving to isolate Pakistan internationally. PM Modi has reportedly given the nod to hit terrorists hard in Kashmir. According to an India Today report, PM Modi has said that security forces should take the insurgency by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir “head on”. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said “something must have gone wrong”. “Something may have gone wrong there (on #Uri attack). It is a sensitive matter. I believe in zero error,” he said. “As a nation we should ensure this is not repeated again and again. I will take steps to ensure it doesn’t go wrong again,” Parrikar said. Taking a strong stand, Parrikar said, “PM’s statement that those behind Uri attack will not go unpunished, will not remain a statement. We are serious about it.”