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Uri attack: India lodges protest against Pakistan at NAM Summit 'malignant use of terrorism'

Updated: Sep 19, 2016 17:58 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 19 (ANI): India has asserted that the terrorist attack in Uri in Kashmir has highlighted Pakistan's desire to use "poison" instead of dialogue, as it lodged a strong protest against Islamabad at the NAM summit in Venezuela for its "mischievous" and "malignant" support to terror.

Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar hit out at Pakistan, saying it has reduced itself to "pariah" status in the international community because of its hypocrisy and its blatant sponsorship of terrorism and of terrorists.

Speaking to reporters after Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz raised the Kashmir issue at the 17th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, Akbar slammed Pakistan for giving sanctuary and support, both domestic and international to terrorists and investing in the evil menace of terrorism.

He said India has lodged a strong protest in writing with NAM against Pakistan's mischievous and malignant use of terrorism, which was particularly evident from Sunday's tragic incident in Uri.

Akbar described incident in Uri as a grave one that has left not only India, but also the world aggrieved. He said Pakistan should understand that it will receive a befitting reply.

Pakistan has rejected New Delhi's claims of its involvement in the Uri terror attack, stating that pointing fingers at Islamabad has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack.

"Pointing fingers at Pakistan has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack," the Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, as saying.

"In the past many Indians were involved in the terrorist acts for which India had blamed Pakistan," he asserted.

In one of the worst attack in recent times, at least 17 soldiers lost their lives and 30 others injured post the terror strike on an army camp close to the headquarters of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla district. (ANI)