Sri Lanka condemns Uri Attacks, calls for elimination of terrorism

The government of Sri Lanka on Wednesday strongly condemned the attack on an army base in Uri on Sundaythat killed 18 soildiers and injured over 20. In a statement, Sri Lanka said that it resents all forms and manifestation of terrorism.

“In the hour of grief, the Government of Sri Lanka offers its condolences to the families of the victims of the attack. The Government of Sri Lanka reiterates the urgent need for sustained regional and global cooperation to eliminate the menace of terrorism,” the statement added.

The Indian Army in a statement said that counter-infiltration operations along the Line of Control in Kashmir was underway. “The operations along the LoC in Uri and Naugam sectors continue,” an Army spokesman said.

Meanwhile, reports said that Pakistan IB Chief would not attend the SAARC high level group of eminent experts in Delhi.

Earlier today, two US lawmakers introduced a bill to designate Pakistan a terrorist state.

The ‘Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act (HR 6069) has been moved by Republican Ted Poe and Democrat Dana Rohrabacher, who is a ranking member of the influential Congressional Committee on Terrorism.

In the US, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif fearing isolation, raised the Kashmir issue with world leaders including, the UK, Japan and Turkey and sought their intervention to resolve the matter.

Sharif’s repeated calls to the United Nations to help resolve the Kashmir dispute appeared to be gaining no traction as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made no reference to Kashmir in his final speech to the UNGA as the UN chief.

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