Uri terror attack: India pivots stance on 'controlled warfare' amid army warning

Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to bring up the Uri terror attack forcefully in the UN meeting on September 26. In photo: Indian PM Narendra Modi and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on March 2, 2013. Photograph:( AFP )

Delhi, India Sep 20, 2016, 11.02 AM (IST)

India has decided to ditch its sabre-rattling approach after its army warned about the perils of a "controlled warfare" with Pakistan, local media agency Ananda Bazar Patrika has reported.

Certain sections of the Indian government have been keen on inflicting reprisal attacks on jihadist groups in Pakistan but the army feels such stratagem would further escalate hostilities between the two countries, the report said.

The report suggests that New Delhi has paid heed to the warning and is now seeking to put diplomatic pressure instead. 

The discussions — attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh, defence minister Manohar Parikar, finance minister Arun Jaitley, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Intelligence — were held in a closed-door meeting recently.

India has decided to present documentary proofs to the rest of the world of Pakistan’s involvement in the recent attack in Uri, Kashmir, which claimed lives of 18 Indian soldiers on September 18.

Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj is also scheduled to bring up the Uri terror attack at the UN meeting on September 26.

It has also been decided that the Indian government will pass on evidence to foreign investors in Pakistan in the hope that they will understand how their investment in the country is actually strengthening the hands of terror.

At the same time, India is careful not to internationalise the Kashmir issue through these acts.

New Delhi is optimistic that these international moves will bear results. India’s position has already been strengthened by UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon's strong condemnation of the Uri attack. Even the US, UK, France and Beijing have deplored the attack in no uncertain terms.

Though the Indian government has refrained from a full-fledged attack against Pakistan, the Modi government has instructed the Indian army to increase its presence along the Line of Control (LoC).

The army is expected to retaliate in strongest possible terms in event of a further attack, infiltration or instigation from Pakistan’s side.

“The action has to be taken without getting influenced by emotions, anger. It has to be taken coolly and with proper planning,” junior foreign minister of India VK Singh said.