Pakistan rejects India's allegations after Uri attack leaves at least 17 Indian soldiers dead

The Uri attack is likely to further sour the ties between the two nations. Photograph:( AFP )

Srinagar Sep 19, 2016, 02.11 AM (IST)
Pakistan on Sunday rejected India's allegations over Uri attack in the Kashmir Valley that left at least 17 Indian soldiers dead. 

An Indian army base in Uri, about 100 km away from northern Indian state Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, was attacked by gunmen on Sunday in what is being labelled as worst such attack in over a decade.

According to an AFP report, the militants broke into the base near the de facto border with Pakistan before dawn and lobbed grenades at tents and barracks housing soldiers, before opening fire with automatic weapons, the army said.  

Following the deadly attack where four terrorists were gunned down, India blamed the neighbouring country for the raid while Indian interior minister Rajnath Singh called Pakistan a 'terrorist state'. 

"Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such," Singh said on Twitter, adding that the militants "were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped".

Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi also assured a 'befitting reply' to the attack. 

Pakistan, however, has denied the allegations.  In an interview to a TV channel, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria  said the Indian allegations against Pakistan are "totally baseless and irresponsible". 

"Pakistan always sought concrete evidence from India to prove its accusations, but it failed to do so," he was quoted as saying. 

"India has a history of blaming Pakistan immediately after a terror attack, which always proved wrong in investigations. India is using different tactics to divert the world attention from the situation in occupied Kashmir". 

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army had earlier demanded "actionable intelligence" to support India's accusation. Pakistan army spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said that following the attack, Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries discussed the situation along the Line of Control through hotline.

"Refuting the unfounded and premature Indian allegation, Pakistani DGMO asked his counterpart to share any actionable intelligence," Radio Pakistan reported citing an ISPR release.

The Pakistani DGMO also rejected allegations of cross-border infiltration and said that "watertight arrangements" were in place on both sides of the LoC and the Working Boundary. He also asked India to share evidence, Indian daily DNA reported. 

Kashmir Valley in India is already gripped with unrest for more than two months following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. About 80 people have died and thousands have been injured in the ensuing clashes between protesters and security forces. 

That  Uri attack is likely to further sour the ties between the two countries that are headed for a showdown at the UN summit.