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President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack in Uri saying that India will not be cowed down by such attacks. In an apparent reference to Pakistan, the President stated that Indian Security forces will thwart the evil designs of terrorists & their backers, while he also condoled the loss of life of the 17 jawans killed in the assault.
Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel moved inside the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. “The heightened tension in the wake of the Uri attack is set to further vitiate the atmosphere in and around Jammu and Kashmir amid increasing India-Pakistan hostility,” she warned.
Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh also slammed Pakistan over the terror attack and said the neighbouring country was working only on disturbing the state. Asked how terrorists could infiltrate India and carry out the attack, Singh said: “The border is long.” The minister also blamed the “situation during monsoons”. “It is a proxy war. A country that is Pakistan is focusing on how to disturb Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The sneak attack on Indian army bastion also evoked condemnation the US Ambassador to India Richard Verma reacted to the incident in a tweet.
Major political parties and leaders also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Uri, with the Congress expressing hope that the perpetrators and “the forces behind them” will be severely dealt with. “Congress President Sonia Gandhi has expressed shock and deep distress over the martyrdom of Indian soldiers in the dastardly terrorist attack in Uri,” a party statement said.
Terming the “cowardly” terror attack as a “deplorable affront on our national conscience”, Gandhi expressed hope that “the perpetrators of this dastardly attack as also the forces behind them will be severely dealt with and brought to book.” Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also condemned the attack.
Former Home Minister P Chidambaram and senior Congress leader also asked the government to mobilise security forces to prevent infiltration of terrorists from across the border in the wake of terror attack in Uri.
In a statement, Chidambaram said it has become necessary to strengthen the border defence to prevent such terrorist attacks.
“Government must mobilise all resources, manpower and material, to strengthen border defence to prevent infiltration of terrorists,” the senior Congress leader said. Chidambaram said he was shocked and distressed by terror attack in Uri and expressed his gratitude to the martyred soldiers.
The CPM Central Committee, now in session in Delhi, asked Pakistan to stop aiding and abetting extremist forces, while strongly condemning the attack.
Party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters that Pakistan must refrain from indulging in cross border
terrorism and demanded that the matter “should be taken up seriously.”
In a statement, CPM said Pakistan must stop aiding and abetting the extremist forces as such activities are a big impediment to the peace process in the region.
It also charged the government with failing to stop continued infiltration of militants despite deploying a large number of security personnel across the state.
Pointing out that it has been consistently maintaining that terrorism is not the solution to the Kashmir issue, it said “the CPM would like to reiterate that for a long-standing solution of the Kashmir problem, the political dialogue with all stakeholders as advocated by the all Party delegation should be initiated without any further delay.
However, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad blamed Prime Minister Modi for the attacks. Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, Lalu said his failure to tackle the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was responsible for the attack on an army camp near Uri.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in Bengaluru: “It is absolutely condemnable … They can continuously keep threatening us with these activities, but India is strong enough to take care of its internal security and no such threat is going to deter us from restoring peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Minister of State, PMO, Jitendra Singh also took a tough stance stating that there has been enough condemnation on India’s part, not taking action against such provocations is also an act of terror. “I think that simply saying this as an act of cowardice does not suffice, because not responding would also be cowardice” Jitendra Singh said.
Textile Minister Smriti Irani also took to twitter to condemn the attack and condole the loss of lives.
Meanwhile, talking tough, BJP leader Ram Madhav asserted that days of strategic restraint are over and suggested that “for one tooth, the complete jaw” should be the policy after the Uri terror attack. “The Prime Minister has promised that those behind the Uri terror attack will not go unpunished. That should be the way forward. For one tooth, the complete jaw,” said Madhav, who is BJP’s pointsman for Jammu and Kashmir. “The days of so-called strategic restraint are over. If terrorism is the instrument of the weak and coward, restraint in the face of repeated terror attacks betrays inefficiency and incompetence. India should prove otherwise,” he said.
In Ranchi, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das also condemned the terror strike and expressed deep grief at the loss of martrys. He expressed deep grief at the loss of martyrs, an official release said.
Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also strongly condemned the terror attack. “The Chief Minister is deeply saddened by the martyrdom of 17 soldiers in a terror attack at headquarters of 12th Army Brigade near LOC in Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir,” an official release said.
Condemning the attack, Kumar hailed the valour and dedication of the soldiers towards service to the nation by laying down their lives in the terror strike, the release said.
“The country will always remember the supreme sacrifice made by those soldiers attaining martyrdom in the Uri terror attack,” it said.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon urged all political parties to stand united against state sponsored terrorism and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a very strong condemnatory statement exposing Islamabad before the world as to how the neighbouring nation has misused India’s liberal and flexible approach.
Memon condemned the Uri attack and questioned the BJP-led NDA regime’s future course of action while dealing with the hostile neighbour.
“This would just mean nothing short of external aggression. And I am sure that at this time of grief and test, all political parties and all leaders would stand together side by side along with the Prime Minister and the Home Minister,” he said.
In one of the deadliest attacks on the Army in recent years, heavily armed militants stormed battalion headquarters of the force in Uri town in the wee hours on Sunday. Four militants involved in the terror strike were killed by the Army.

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