Uri attack could be reaction of people to situation in Kashmir: Sharif

Sharif said the achievement of lasting peace in the region was impossible without the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Photograph:( Getty )

Islamabad, Pakistan Sep 24, 2016, 06.45 AM (IST)
The Uri attack could be a result of the ongoing Kashmir unrest, feels Pakistan Prime MInister Nawaz Sharif.

"The Uri attack can be the reaction of the atrocities in Kashmir, as the close relatives and near and dear ones of those killed and blinded over the last two months were hurt and outraged," Sharif told reporters on Friday.

Sharif was referring to the civil unrest that has gripped Kashmir ever since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter by Indian security forces on July 8.

The killing sparked massive statewide protests, some of which degenerated into clashes with Indian forces. Eighty one Kashmiris have been killed in the clampdown so far.

Sharif also seemed nonplussed as to how India blamed Pakistan for the Uri attack just a few hours after it took place. He said India was "irresponsible" for blaming Pakistan "without any evidence".

"How could India accuse Pakistan only hours after the Uri incident without holding any inquiry or investigation," Sharif told Pakistani media reports, Reuters reported.

Sharif, who had stopped over in London during his journey back to Islamabad from the UN session in New York, put the spotlight on the "brutalities being perpetrated against innocent Kashmiris". 

He also urged India to probe the deaths of Kashmiri protesters.

Eighteen soldiers were killed when four armed men launched a fidayeen attack on a heavily-guarded army camp in Uri, Kashmir, on September 18.

The Indian government blamed Pakistan for helping Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives in perpetrating one of the deadliest attacks on Indian security forces in Kashmir in the last 20 years. 

India has since then upped the ante on Pakistan's patchy terrorism record in global fora, with its foreign minister Sushma Swaraj expected to raise the issue again during her UN speech on Monday. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)