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India summons Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit, gives evidence of involvement of Pak-based terrorists in Uri attacks

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over Uri attacks that led to death of 18 Indian soldiers.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 21, 2016 20:09 IST ]
Abdul Basit
Image Source : PTI Abdul Basit

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over Uri attacks that led to death of 18 Indian soldiers. 

Abdul Basit was summoned by India's foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

According to MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup, the Indian Foreign secretary S Jaishankar told Abdul Basit that latest terrorist attack in Uri only underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active. 

He also gave Basit the evidence of involvement of Pak-based terrorists in the Uri attack and demanded that it refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism directed against this country. 

Jaishankar provided Basit with the content of GPS recovered from the bodies of terrorists with coordinates that indicate the point and time of infiltration across the LoC and the subsequent route to the terror attack site and grenades with Pakistani markings as evidence of Pakistan's role in Uri attack in which 18 jawans were killed. 

"If the Government of Pakistan wishes to investigate these cross-border attacks, India is ready to provide fingerprints and DNA samples of terrorists killed in the Uri and Poonch incidents," he told the Pakistan envoy. 

Asserting that the latest terrorist attack in Uri only underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active, Jaishankar demanded that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism against India.

Foreign Secretary also reminded him that even as he spoke two engagements at the LoC were ongoing. 

He also reminded Basit that the Pakistan government 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," he told Basit. 

“We demand that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism against India, the FS told Basit. 

In a release, External Affairs Ministry said 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," it said. 

Apart from GPS content, India has recovered a number of items that included communication matrix sheets and equipment, other made in Pakistan stuff like food, medicines and clothes, which were shown to Basit. 

"We now expect a response from the Government of Pakistan," Jaishankar told him. 

India has held Pakistan responsible for Uri attacks and Prime Minister Modi has reiterated that the culprits will not go unpunished.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that PM Modi will take a final call on how to punish the culprits behind Uri attacks.

He added that PM’s statement that 'those behind Uriattack will not go unpunished', will not remain a mere statement.

Meanwhile, apprehending retaliation from India following Uri attacks that led to the death of 18 Indian soldiers, Pakistan Rangers has reportedly cancelled leaves of its personnel deployed along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

The Headquarters of the Pakistan Rangers in Lahore issued these directions immediately after the Uri attack.

Pakistan based 'The News' reports that India has completed the first phase of its preparations to attack selected targets inside Pakistan under the Cold Start war doctrine.

Quoting its sources, the report says that the Pakistan Army has also prepared itself to counter any Indian attack with full force and that the decision to cancel flights to northern areas was taken as a precautionary step.

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