Will provide 'limited' help to Pakistan in Uri attack probe: Indian foreign secretary

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry(R) with Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit (L). Photograph:( AFP )

DNA New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 22, 2016, 05.04 PM (IST)
Unlike in the case of Pathankot terror attack, India's offer to Pakistan to verify involvement of its nationals in the Uri terror strike will be "limited" to providing fingerprints and DNA samples of terrorists killed in the incident.

Briefing reporters a day after Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar summoned Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit and issued a demarche over the Uri attack. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that "irrefutable evidence" was shown to the envoy that points to the involvement of Pak-based groups and individuals or territory under Pakistan control.

Noting that the foreign secretary conveyed details of the various items that had been recovered from the terrorists, he said, Jaishankar "showed the Pakistan high commissioner the GPS tracking devices, pictures of Pakistan-made grenades and the finger prints of one of the terrorists".

Jaishankar also listed some of the incidents including a foiled infiltration bid in Nowgam sector on July 30 that resulted in the death of two terrorists and two Indian soldiers, one along the line of control (LoC) in Macchil sector on August 8 resulting in the death of three BSF personnel and one terrorist, and an encounter in Srinagar on August 15 in which a CRPF commandant was killed and 11 CRPF personnel were injured.

The nature and frequency of this infiltration belie the claim of the Pakistani DGMO that the border has 'water-tight arrangements' from the Pakistani side, the foreign secretary conveyed to Basit.

"On the contrary, such bids cannot be continuously mounted without the active and collaborative support of Pakistani security forces," he told the Pakistan envoy.

Swarup said, "It is, of course, widely known that the training and arming of terrorists are freely taking place in Pakistan and Indian territory under its control. Acknowledged leaders of terrorist organisations have also been given free rein and parade around even in Islamabad. Such terrorism is not only directed against India but is now increasingly recognised as a larger regional concern."

The foreign secretary also reminded Basit of the capture of Pakistani terrorist Bahadur Ali "to whom we had even offered consular access to Pakistan".

(This piece first appeared in DNA)