New Delhi: In another major step against Pakistan on the Uri terror attack, India on Tuesday called on Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and presented evidences of cross border origins of the attack.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had called on Basit. Swarup added that two guides who helped the infiltration of the terrorists into India were apprehended by local villagers and are now in custody.
Swarup gave details of the guides as Faizal Hussain Awan (20),a resident of Potha Jahangir, Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Yasin Khurshid(19), a resident of Khiliana Kalan,Muzaffarabad.
The preliminary interrogation of the guides revealed the identity of one of the slain Uri attackers as Hafiz Ahmed, who hailed from Dharbang, Muzaffarabad, as per Swarup. The details of handlers was also obtained as Mohammed Kabir Awan and Basharat.
“The Foreign Secretary terms continuing cross border terrorist attacks from Pak against India as unacceptable,” said Swarup.
Among the evidences present with India against Pakistan is four AK-47 assault rifles, four Under-Barrel Grenade Launchers, a large number of grenades and war-like stores were recovered from them. Some of these items had Pakistani markings on them, according to the Indian army. Two GPS devices and a map written in Pashto were recovered from the slain terrorists .
This is the second time India has summoned Basit over the Uri terror attack.
The four terrorists had crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and attacked an Indian Army unit’s administrative base at Uri on September 18, which killed 18 soldiers and injured 32 others. The base is located about six to seven kilometres away from the LoC.
Contrary to India’s assertions, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif said the Uri terrorist attack is “self-generated”. “India has been involved for several years in the many attacks that have taken place in Pakistan. And I firmly believe that the entire Uri incident is self generated by India,” Asif said in an interview to a Pakistani news channel, Samaa TV.
Other Pakistani media had reported that Pakistan rejected India’s allegations against it as baseless and unfounded, and called the Indian move an attempt to divert attention from the alleged human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.
In fact an article by The Express Tribune had stated, “One Pakistani official privy to America’s backchannel efforts revealed that Washington was not convinced with the Indian claim that Islamabad had a direct role in the Uri assault that left 18 Indian soldiers dead.”