Uri attack a suicide bid to divert India's attention, hints terrorist outfit

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 18 (ANI): The Jamaat-ud-Dawa's tweet clearly hints that the terror attack at an army administrative base in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri near the Line of Control this morning was a suicide bid and an attempt to shift India's attention from the present state of affairs in Balochistan. "Pakistan Army ensuring that Modi can only focus on Kashmir in days ahead, instead of Baluchistan, Sindh, GB, AJK or Karachi," reads a post on the Twitter handle of the terrorist outfit on August 22. Moreover, the JuD has pinned this tweet on their official Twitter page under the handle @SalaarOfficial. The tweet clearly hints that the Pakistan Army sponsors terrorism in the Kashmir valley to carry on its propaganda of crying over Kashmir while worse situations and human rights violations persist in Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and other regions of their country. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on Balochistan in his Independence Day address on August 15, a wave of protest has started as Baloch activists across the globe are extending their support and highlighting the gross human rights violations in the region. And with acts like the Uri incident, Pakistan wants to create a distraction and ensure that it disrupts peace process in the valley. 17 Indian Army soldiers were killed today in an encounter with the terrorists at the Army Brigade headquarters in Uri. This is the highest casualty the army has suffered in a single attack in years. All four terrorists have been killed in what has emerged as worse than the attack on the Pathankot air base earlier in January this year, in which seven army men were killed. In a statement, the Army said that a group of heavily armed terrorists targeted the rear administrative base of a unit at Uri, and in the counter action, four terrorists have been eliminated and combing operations are in progress. Combing operations are currently underway to ensure no untoward element still persists in the Army perimeters. Army Chief General Dalbir Singh will visit Kashmir today in wake of the attack, while Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will visit Srinagar to take stock of the situation. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has instructed Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other senior Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) officials to closely monitor the situation in the valley. The Home Minister is scheduled to chair a high-level security meeting at his official residence in the national capital this afternoon to take stock of the present situation in the valley in wake of the attack. "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 USA . Spoke to Governor & CM of Jammu & Kashmir regarding the terror attack in Uri. They have apprised me of the security situation in the state," he said in a series of tweets. Senior MHA and Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials are expected to be present in the meeting. The Home Minister has postponed his scheduled visit to Russia and the United States. The entire town has been sealed and security on the vital roads connecting the Line of Control has been beefed up. The Army sent three choppers from army's 19 divisional headquarters in Baramulla to Uri. Para Commando troops have been deployed in the conflict zone to fortify the response by the defence. (ANI)