Pakistan-based terror outfit invites people to honour slain Uri attack perpetrator
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Outlawed terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan's Gujranwala town has put up posters inviting people to attend the last rites in absentia of one of the four militants involved in the deadly attack on an Indian Army installation in Uri, Kashmir, according to The Indian Express.
The posters put up in Gujranwala, roughly 220 kilometres from Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad, strongly suggest the group's involvement in the September 18 attack in Uri, which left 20 Indian soldiers dead.
The Indian Army had earlier blamed Jaish-e-Mohammed for the attack.
LeT, a terror group believed to be working out of Pakistan, has been previously blamed by India for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The Indian Express report stated: "The posters name one perpetrator as Gujranwala resident Muhammad Anas, who operated under the alias Abu Siraqa. They invite local residents to join namaaz prayers for the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s 'lion-hearted holy warrior Abu Siraqa Muhammad Anas, who sent 177 Hindu soldiers to hell at the Uri Brigade camp in occupied Kashmir, and thus drank from the glass of martyrdom'."
The posters feature the face of Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which is believed to be LeT's front group.
The posters also inform people that the last rites in absentia will be held at Bada Nullah, near Girjakh, Gujranwala.
It remains unclear if the terrorist organisation has called on people to gather for last rites in hometowns of the other three Uri attack perpetrators.
Ever since the Uri attack, India has claimed that the assault was carried out by militants who were helped by handlers based in Pakistan, allegations that were denied by Islamabad.
But LeT's public invitation is expected to put even more pressure on the Pakistani establishment.
So far, India's investigations agency has failed to furnish evidence of any Pakistan-based militant group's hand in the Uri attacks. Nor has it been able to identify the identities of the perpetrators.