The Uri terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed lives of 17 Indian soldiers on Sunday. Four terrorists were killed by Indian soldiers in the three-hour gun battle. Leaders across the political spectrum attacked Pakistan for helping terrorists carry out attacks on India. Slamming Pakistan for supporting terrorism, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet: “Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such. There are definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators of Uri attack were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped.”
However, Pakistan denied its involvement in the attack. Pakistani media echoed the country’s official statement. Some even blamed India for “jumping the gun” to put the blame on Pakistan. Some said the attack was a “staged drama”. Here we take a look at how some of the prominent media of Pakistan covered the ghastly attack on India.
In its editorial titled ‘Attack on Indian Army’, the Dawn said the problem is with India, not Pakistan. “India’s automatic blaming of Pakistan for major violence in that country is very much a part of the problem.” It also said, “Indian authorities’ accusations against Pakistan has plunged Pak-India relations into a dangerous and unstable new phase.”
Pakistan Observer brushed aside Indian claim as “baseless allegations”. In a report, it quoted Pakistan’s Director General of Military Operations saying “no infiltration is allowed from Pakistani soil because water-tight arrangements were on both sides of the LOC Working boundary all along.” Reacting to Singh’s statement, the daily said it was an “anti-Pakistan rant”.
The Express Tribune
The Express Tribune claimed that India has jumped the gun in blaming Pakistan for the Uri attack. In a report, the daily included Pakistan defence minister Khawja Asif’s tweet saying, “Don’t rule out inside job to malign Azadi movement by blaming Pakistan.”
The News International (TNI)
TNI said the Indian military camp was attacked by “militants”. It also published Singh’s statement as well as the one by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. According to the newspaper, Pakistani security officials were “confident” that the Uri attack was a “Pathankot-like stage drama to trumpet its terrorism mantra against Pakistan.”
Questioning the attack despite high security, the daily said that the Army brigade headquarters in Uri was deliberately chosen because of its large number of Sikh soldiers. The daily said it would help in antagonising the Sikhs from supporting the struggle in Kashmir.