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Uri attack: India summons Pak envoy Abdul Basit

Updated: Sep 21, 2016 18:56 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 21 (ANI): India on Wednesday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the Uri terror in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 18 Indian Army soldiers were killed.

"#UriAttack Foreign Secretary Jaishankar summons Pakistan High Commissioner Basit to MEA," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet.

Earlier, Director General of Military operation Lt. General Ranbir Singh had stated that the four terrorists, who attacked the military base in Uri, belonged to Pakistan's banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Following the tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly condemned the "cowardly terror attack" and assured the nation that those behind the "despicable attack" will not go unpunished.

Sources state that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will strongly emphasize Pakistan's involvement in the attack d uring her UNGA speech on September 26.

Pakistan has, however, flatly rejected New Delhi's claims of involvement in the Uri terror attack, stating that the latter has a traditional tendency to point fingers at the former whenever a terror attack takes place on Indian soil.

Meanwhile, the National investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the terror attack in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, will be seeking the help of the Army, Intelligence Bureau and RAW to get identities of the terrorists verified.

The agencies will be asked to provide the NIA with intercepts of the last two to four months in the region.

As per sources, Kashif Jaan, who had escorted the Pathankot terrorists till the border, could also have been the handler of the slain terrorists in Uri.

The NIA sources say that the Uri attack may have been masterminded by Kashif Jaan, Rauf Asgar and Masood Azha.

The NIA yesterday filed an FIR in the Uri terror strike case and a six-member team will soon visit the site of the attack to collect the evidence in the matter.

According to sources, NIA will collect the blood samples and finger prints of the four killed terrorists in Uri.

The Army is set to handover all items recovered from the killed terrorists including weapons, navigation maps to the NIA for further investigation.

The NIA will also send the GPS and icon satellite set to the United States for forensic investigation to find out what route the terrorists chose and when and how they entered Indian territory. (ANI)