It's indeed rare to see Russia and the US agreeing on anything, but the Uri terror attack has compelled both the nations to come out strongly and lash out at Pakistan.
It’s indeed rare to see Russia and the US agreeing on anything, but the Uri terror attack has compelled both the nations to come out strongly and lash out at Pakistan. Most nations have expressed solidarity with India after one of the deadliest attack on the Indian Army killed 18 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri. The Narendra Modi government has launched an all out offensive attack on Pakistan for ‘sponsoring terrorism’, and is moving aggressively to isolate the neighbouring country internationally. While many countries have condemned the attack, Russia has named Pakistan in its statement and US has asked the country to take steps to deal with terror groups.
US Secretary of State John Kerry met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and asked him to prevent terrorists from using the Pakistani territory as safe havens. Kerry expressed strong concern over the violence in Kashmir particularly the terror attack on the Indian army base. Not only that, a bipartisan group of two powerful American lawmakers today introduced an act in the US House of Representatives to designate Pakistan a State Sponsor of terrorism.
“It is time we stopped paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism,” said Congressman Ted Poe, who is Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism. “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the US for years,” Poe said. “From harboring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it’s not America’s,” he alleged.
In a veiled attack on Pakistan, US President Barack Obama took a dig at the country saying that nations that are engaged in “proxy wars” should end them. Obama warned that the “embers of extremism will continue to burn” and will result in sufferings for countless human beings. Obama made these comments at his eighth and last UN General Assembly address as the US President.
Russia on its part not only issued a strong statement condemning the Uri terrorist attack, but also called off joint military exercises with Pakistan. Pakistan and Russia were scheduled to conduct the ‘Druzhba-2016’ tactical exercises from September 24-October 7 in Rattu and Cherat. In its statement 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. 17 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 on the Indian air base at Pathankot in January this year, we note with concern the resurgence of terrorist attacks near the Line of Control. It is alarming, & according to New Delhi, the attack on military unit near the town of Uri was committed from the territory of Pakistan.”
Not only Russia and the US, regional ally Afghanistan has called for India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to join hands to boycott the SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November. The time has come for countries of the region to join hands in “singling out” Pakistan for spoiling regional peace and stability through terror, and possible boycott of upcoming SAARC Summit in Islamabad should be weighed, Afghan envoy Shaida Mohammad Abdali said yesterday. Abdali went on to say that a strong message needs to be sent to Pakistan. “The terrorism being unleashed has become very lethal and systematic as it is state-sponsored and that there should be zero tolerance to it,” he hit out.
(With inputs from PTI)