In a stern message to Pakistan, India on Thursday said it will not accept continued terror as the “new normal” in bilateral ties and ruled out any immediate talks. “We will not accept continued terror as the “new normal” in bilateral ties. “We have not got any request for bilateral meeting from Pakistan. We are always in favour of talks but not in atmosphere of terror,” MEA spokeman Vikas Swarup said. Talking tough following the deadly Nagrota attack, Swarup said, “We are awaiting specific details on Nagrota attack before deciding on next step.” Swarup said that the Narendra Modi government has taken the incident very “seriously” and would do what “it feels is required for national security.” The government also Pakistan should expedite inquiry process into Uri Attack instead of indulging in ‘propaganda’. “Pakistan called for an international inquiry, we said we are happy even with their domestic inquiry, we gave them DNA, fingerprints,” Swarup said. “So why can’t Pakistan match this with its national database?That would be simplest thing to do,but Pak instead indulges in propaganda,” he wondered. Allaying allegations that India was behind the cancellation of Islamabad SAARC summit, Swarup, “It was not India which scuttled SAARC process, unanimous members wrote to chair Nepal that atmosphere not conducive.” Commenting on the phone call between US President-elect Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Swarup said, “we have only seen one side of the conversation, so will reserve our judgement.”
A group of heavily-armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota, about three kms from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city, triggering an intense gunbattle that lasted for several hours. Seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed in the attack before three terrorists were eliminated in an armed face-off which also involved a hostage-like situation with 12 soldiers, two women and as many children being held captive. All were later rescued.
Tension escalated between the two neighbouring countries following Uri attack and subsequent surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army across Line of Control.