Modi wants Pakistan immediately isolated after Uri attacks

Published: September 20, 2016
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to diplomatically isolate Pakistan as an immediate measure following an attack at a military base in Indian Kashmir.

Chairing a meeting on Monday to review the situation in Indian Kashmir, Modi sought evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the attacks to be presented to all major global fora, including the upcoming UN General Assembly, The Indian Express reported.

Delhi may not go for ‘knee-jerk’ reaction

Modi was also briefed about the use of ‘incendiary’ ammunition by terrorists during the attack. Such ammunition, experts believe, points to the backing the terrorists received from the Pakistan Army.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minster Manohar Parrikar, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Army Chief Gen among others.

Earlier, India’s civil and military leaders squarely blamed a Pakistan based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) for the attack on an Army Brigade Headquarters in the Uri area near the Line of Control (LoC) Sunday morning.

Despite calls from its security establishment to consider ‘limited but punitive cross-border strikes’ inside Pakistan, New Delhi has ruled out any ‘knee-jerk’ reaction in the wake of a brazen attack on the Indian army’s headquarters in the disputed Himalayan territory.

Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed by four militants in the attack on an Army Brigade Headquarters in the Uri area near the Line of Control (LoC) Sunday morning.

Pakistan, India readying for UN showdown

Quoting unnamed sources, the Times of India on Monday reported there will be no ‘knee-jerk’ reaction ‘anytime soon’. They said ‘action against Pakistan’ will be taken only after proper planning, coordination, exploring all options and taking everyone concerned into confidence.

Indian Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, too, appeared to echo the government’s thinking, saying that no action
should be taken under the influence of emotions and anger.

“Having seen the army closely, I feel, it needs to be analysed as to what happened there … It needs to be investigated how the incident took place and what were the lacuna” he said.“… from the army’s side, alertness is required. The Kashmir situation needs to be thought out. The action has to be taken without getting influenced by emotions, anger. It has to be taken coolly and with proper planning,” he added.

According to the Times of India, the Indian army wants their government to also consider ‘limited but punitive cross-border strikes’ to send an ‘unequivocal message’ to Pakistan.

It said the Indian Army is also going to turn up the heat along the 778-km Line of Control (LoC) with concentrated artillery barrages, sniping and other operations.

Indian Army battalions, along the LoC as well as forward Indian Air Force (IAF) bases on the western front have in any case been put on ‘full alert’ to take care of any contingency, Indian government sources said.

Indian military asks govt to consider ‘punitive’ cross-border strikes

Though ‘surgical strikes’, covert military operations or ‘hot pursuits’ inside Pakistani territory may not be on the cards as yet, the army can certainly ‘bleed’ Pakistani troops without crossing the LoC, the newspaper quoted sources as saying.

However, some Indian officials have also cautioned against any adventurism against Pakistan, adding that Pakistan is no Myanmar, where Indian Para-SF troops conducted a transborder raid to take out militants in June 2015. “The government has to take into account that any strike inside Pakistan can escalate into an all-out war. Pakistan, of course, often threatens first-use of tactical nuclear weapons if it is attacked by India,” said an official.

Meanwhile, former army chief Shankar Roy Choudhary has recommended that India should form its own ‘fidayeen’ or suicide squad. Chaudhary’s remarks were aired by NDTV news channel.

This article originally appeared on The Indian Express

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Abhijeet
    Sep 20, 2016 - 10:33AM

    Doesn’t need any more isolation than it already finds itself inRecommend

  • Bilal
    Sep 20, 2016 - 10:44AM

    Oh come on Indians we r waiting for u… and I’m sure this Uri attack was an inside job from Indian sponsored TTP to cover up Indian atrocities in IOK..Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Sep 20, 2016 - 10:45AM

    Things changed for Pakistan 180 degrees. Change your policy before it’s too late. Even you are lost support of the U.S.A.Recommend

  • Fast
    Sep 20, 2016 - 11:13AM

    LOL. He is serious problem with Pakistan. The same thing he is repeating from two years but result is zero. World knows he is just trying to escape from what Indian army done and still doing in Kashmir. Infact Pakistan has solid Proof of Indian involvement in terrorism in Pakistan in the form of Kulbhushan Yadav. And it is duty of pak govt to highlight it at every forum.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Sep 20, 2016 - 11:39AM

    @Fast:
    Where are all these proofs? Why are those not presented on internation forums? Why Pakistan not allowing counserl access to Kulbhushan Yadav? These fancy stories are good fotr doemstic audiance not for international community.Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 20, 2016 - 11:49AM

    @Fast:
    Has Kulbhushan Yadav seen a day at the courts?Recommend

  • PakSal
    Sep 20, 2016 - 12:18PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Two times 180 degrees … means BAU … which means keep supporting oppressed populace in IOK.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 20, 2016 - 1:42PM

    Yes, good luck with that .. more importantly, is Mr. Modi allowed back into US yet or still the only person to be banned under IRFA?Recommend

  • MK
    Sep 20, 2016 - 2:57PM

    Stop all connections between the two nations. No talks, no trade, no patients allowed to travel to India for medical treatment. Recall all Pakistani actors who are in Mumbai for their bread and butter. Do not release Bollywood movies in Pakistan. Do not take Pakistani actors in Bollywood. Do not watch Indian movies or TV Shows in Pakistan. In India not one Pakistani movie releases. Both countries close their respective embassies. Seal border permanently. No visa system, no entry for Pakistanis in India or Indians into Pakistan. Recommend

  • Muslim
    Sep 20, 2016 - 2:57PM

    Modi now has to come to the rescue of his incompetent and clueless Army from the brave young Kashmiris who have had enough of this occupation. Modi has still not visualised the possible consequences of the provocation. Get out of Kashmir while there is still time. You are asking for it. Don’t rely too much on your investments! Recommend

  • Asad
    Sep 20, 2016 - 3:45PM

    It was an inside job, India has done it before and India has done it now in the occupied territory killing her own soldiers. From Mumbai to Samjhota express the world know the real face on India and this is nothing new. Recommend

  • sam ganguly
    Sep 20, 2016 - 3:52PM

    @MK good, please do that. We can, in fact the entire south asia region can live without pakistan, I mean we would not even notice..Recommend

  • Alcadiaes
    Sep 20, 2016 - 4:09PM

    The timing is too convenient for the UNSC meeting – seems like a false flag operation to meRecommend

  • Fahad Hussain
    Sep 20, 2016 - 4:46PM

    World doesn’t work on modi directions.Recommend

  • Ravinder Jain
    Sep 20, 2016 - 5:23PM

    We should try to fallow each othersRecommend

  • Potol
    Sep 20, 2016 - 5:58PM

    It’s quite clear that Modi’s appeasement policies have failed. We need decisive new action from a new leader.

    It’s time a man of action is called. We all know who that is. Step forward Rahul Gandhi — your opportunity has come. Only you can save us now. Recommend

  • ali
    Sep 20, 2016 - 6:11PM

    Another false flag operation by Extremist MODI…its all about CPEC. MODI will fail again. He should focus on 700 million people with no hope in his homeland.Recommend

  • Mayor
    Sep 20, 2016 - 7:04PM

    How can you separate Pakistan and North Korea? Recommend

  • JSM
    Sep 20, 2016 - 7:06PM

    @MK:
    I fully agree with you.Recommend

  • PORKISTAN
    Sep 20, 2016 - 7:45PM

    Modi will teach Porkistan a Lesson…..but in a strategic manner.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Sep 20, 2016 - 8:51PM

    @Hakim Afghani:

    You are not Afghan, you are a fraud.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Sep 20, 2016 - 8:54PM

    Modi, keep on supporting terrorism in Baluchistan and Pukhtunkhwa. Your only kill unarmed protestors like the Muslims of Gujarat. You have no guts to attack Pakistan. We dare you. Recommend

  • Super fed up
    Sep 20, 2016 - 9:10PM

    This man thinks that the sun rises from his bum and the world should prostrate in front of him. Drama!Recommend

  • Super fed up
    Sep 20, 2016 - 9:12PM

    When did he try to appease? In your dreams? You Indian people!@Potol: Recommend

  • ZAK
    Sep 21, 2016 - 6:52AM

    Solution to Moodi’s problem is to isolate IOK from India.
    Current insurgency in IOK has nothing to do with Pakistan.
    It ‘s Kashmiries own Freedom Fight.
    If you kill brother,sister, son of a person what do you think they will remain loyal to you?
    So instead of blaming other correct your own directionRecommend

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