India should give befitting reply to Pak, says Congress on Uri attack

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 19 (ANI): The Congress Party on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government to give a befitting reply to Pakistan in the wake of the terror attack in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district and said that it would send a strong message to Islamabad, which would ponder before continuing to bleed India in the way it is doing. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said this is the acid test for everyone, adding India has the capacity to pass this test. "I think there is not even a minority of one in India who feels otherwise than that India should give a befitting reply to Pakistan. The details of which are for the government to decide whether it is diplomatic coupled with military , coupled with economic, coupled with social international whether it is covert or overt, whether it is direct or indirect at a time manner and methodology of our choosing," Singhvi told ANI. "But clearly Pakistan must learn that it must pause to think not once, not twice, not five times but 10 times before it continues to bleed India in the way it is doing," he added. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had earlier expressed shock and deep distress over the martyrdom of Indian soldiers in the dastardly terrorist attack in Uri. Describing the "cowardly" attack as a "deplorable affront on our national conscience", Sonia expressed hope that the perpetrators of this dastardly attack as also the forces behind them will be severely dealt with and brought to book. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi chaired a crucial security meeting at his official 7, Race Course Road (RCR) residence over the deadly terror attack in Uri. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh besides other senior officials attended the meeting. The top security brass briefed the Prime Minister on the prevailing ground situation in Kashmir Valley in the wake of the attack. Earlier today, Rajnath, Parrikar and the top security brass met to take stock of the security situation. Meanwhile, a team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is to visit Uri to gather leads and other evidence from the terror attack site. The Home Minister, who cancelled his visits to Russia and the United States post the attack, yesterday said Pakistan is a 'terrorist state' and should be isolated. DGMO Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh yesterday announced the initial reports indicate that the four terrorists killed in the attack belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad Tanzeem. 17 soldiers lost their lives and 30 others were injured post the terror strike on an army camp close to the headquarters of the 12th Brigade at Uri. (ANI)