India fails to substantiate claim of Pakistan’s involvement in Uri attack

Published: February 26, 2017

India’s National Investigative Agency (NIA) has decided to file a closure report after failing to find any evidence against two men from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) whom it accused of facilitating the Uri army base attack.

The decision also seriously undercuts New Delhi’s claims of Pakistani involvement in the attack.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs had earlier claimed to have “proof of the cross-border origins of Uri attacks”, on September 18 last year, which left at least 18 soldiers dead. Days after the attack, the Indian foreign secretary had called Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit to inform him about the arrest of two guides who allegedly helped four gunmen to infiltrate the country and later attack the Indian Army’s brigade headquarters in Uri.

“Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed — will be sent back as the charges framed against them could not be substantiated,” India’s newswire service ANI reported on Sunday.

Two Muzaffarabad guides facilitated Uri attack, claims India

The duo, which was apprehended just three days after the attack, will be handed over to Pakistan as part of a ‘goodwill agreement’ between Islamabad and New Delhi wherein Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chohan, who deserted his post at Line of Control (LoC) due to personal grievances against his commanders, was handed over to Indian military officials at the Wagah border.

“Awan and Khursheed had, during their interrogation, disclosed that they were tasked by Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) commanders to facilitate the infiltration of a group of four JeM cadres who carried out the Uri Army camp attack,” ANI quoted an NIA statement of September 27, 2016 as saying.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the territory in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region. An armed rebellion that started in the region in 1989 has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

Tensions in Indian-administered Kashmir were already high before the army base attack over the July 8, 2016 death of a popular militant leader, with nearly 90 people killed in clashes with security forces since then.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • LOL
    Feb 26, 2017 - 3:07PM

    good. now better concentrate on giving food to bsf jawans.Recommend

  • Asad
    Feb 26, 2017 - 3:08PM

    It has more or less become a hobby of India to stage such attacks and accuse Pakistan of them. From Samjhota to Mumbai and Urri these attacks were carried out by India herself to achieve political motives. In the recent past India government gave lollipop to it’s people, claiming that their army carried out a surgical strike. They sold that lollypop within India but the rest of the world is laughing at them. Recommend

  • Logic
    Feb 26, 2017 - 3:27PM

    Pakistan Govt should highlight this internationally and take advantage of building case against India.Recommend

  • Reader
    Feb 26, 2017 - 3:30PM

    Couldn’t find any Indian comments of hate or blame here. Sometimes feel like paid stoogesRecommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 26, 2017 - 3:40PM

    India did not fail, Pakistan made it fail. Hafeez Saeed put posters of the four militants who killed 19 Indian soldiers in the Uri attack, for a celebration as martyrs, were taken off.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Feb 26, 2017 - 4:22PM

    If you are an Indian, it is your national duty to immediately report this to NIA. Why waste time here?Recommend

  • Sami
    Feb 26, 2017 - 4:59PM

    The facilitators are being returned even after they confessed to acting as facilitators for Uri attack under a swap agreement for Indian soldier. It doesn’t mean that they are innocent. According to the NIA statement of September 27, 2016, Awan and Khursheed had during their interrogation, “disclosed that they were tasked by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commanders to facilitate the infiltration of a group of four JeM cadres who carried out the Uri Army camp attack”. They will be returned as part of a goodwill arrangement between New Delhi and Islamabad wherein Indian soldier Chandu Chavan was sent back by Pakistan last month.Recommend

  • Vineeth
    Feb 26, 2017 - 5:15PM

    These kind of flip flops surely affect the credibility of Indian claims. Why make accusations when there was no evidence to begin with? I guess Modi & Co is breathing down the neck of these NIA guys to prepare reports in haste so that he can score his brownie points. Guard the borders thoroughly whether it be through fences, laser walls or frequent patrols.Recommend

  • David Salmon
    Feb 27, 2017 - 3:07AM

    The NIA presumably should be commended for its integrity in dropping the charges for lack of evidence, if that was in fact the reason.. The decision casts the truthfulness of the confessions into serious doubt. Why are they being disregarded? Just how were they obtained? Which agency or military unit bears responsbility for having obtaining the confessions? What action has it taken?

    India owes it to itself to obtain the answers.Recommend

  • ShamelessPakistanis
    Feb 27, 2017 - 5:36AM

    India doesn’t care if its truth or not. What it wants is Pakistan isolated internationally. Once Pakistan’s image is guttered.Recommend

  • Ramesh Sharma
    Feb 27, 2017 - 7:04AM

    @FAZ: There is no need to waste time. No proof is good enough to convince Pakistan. Pakistan is a special country where no proof is substantive enough.Recommend

  • Sid
    Feb 27, 2017 - 8:36AM

    Comment section here goes on to show how brainwashed Pakistanis are. The NIA conducts impartial investigations and it’s fair. And incidentally when this same agency finds Pakistanis guilty they howl like baneshees. The fact is indian systems are fair and unlike Pakistanis not arbitrary. Something world realises and except for tin pot dictatorships like china and north korea, supports. So first all realise how sadly hypocritical you sound wen u attack india for fairness of its agencies and st same time support them wen they release innocents …unlike Pakistani establishmentRecommend

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