Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured on Sunday that those behind the “despicable” strike on an Army camp in Uri won’t go unpunished.
The Prime Minister also saluted the soldiers martyred in the attack, adding that their service to the nation will always be remembered. “We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished,” Mr Modi tweeted. “We salute all those martyred in Uri. Their service to the nation will always be remembered. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he added..
The PM said he discussed the situation and possible tackling measures with Union home minister Rajnath Singh and defence minister Manohar Parrikar. The home minister postponed his scheduled visit to Russia and the United States in the wake of the attack in Uri on Sunday and called an emergency meeting to review the situation.
“I have given instructions to home secretary (Rajiv Mehrishi) and other officers in the home ministry to closely monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. This was for the second time that Singh has cancelled his trip to the US due to violence in Kashmir. Earlier, he was scheduled to leave for the US on July 17 for a week-long visit but it was postponed due to sudden eruption of violence in Kashmir after Wani’s killing.
Mr Singh, who is also a Lok Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur constituency, said, “I think that simply calling it an act of cowardice does not suffice, because not responding would also be cowardice,” he said.
Mr Parrikar, along with Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, rushed to Kashmir to take stock of the situation, while Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will visit Srinagar on Monday.
Blaming Pakistan for the terror attack, minister of state in Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, said those trying to test India’s security and confidence would be given a befitting response. “We have known long enough who are behind sponsoring terrorism against India particularly in Jammu and Kashmir. I think time has come to call their bluff and give them a befitting reply”, he said. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Union home secretary, top Army, paramilitary and home ministry officials attended the meeting. Mr Singh also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir governor and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti over the situation arising out of the terror strike.
The home minister was scheduled to leave for Russia tonight for a four-day bilateral visit and later to the US on September 26 for a six-day tour to attend the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue.
“Keeping the situation of Jammu and Kashmir in mind and in the wake of terror attack in Uri, I have postponed my visits to Russia and the US,” he said in a statement here.