Srinagar: The Uri terror strike is aimed attriggering fresh violence in Jammu and Kashmir and creating a “war-like” situation in the region, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday while strongly condemning the attack on the Army in which 17 jawans were killed. “I strongly condemn the attack which seems to be aimed at triggering fresh violence and creating a war-like situation in the region,” Mehbooba said in a statement here.
The Chief Minister said the heightened tension in the wake of the Uri attack is set to further vitiate the atmosphere in and around Jammu and Kashmir amid growing strains in Indo-Pak ties. “Unfortunately, people in Jammu and Kashmir, who are already mired in an agonising situation, shall have to bear the maximum brunt of the fresh attempts being made to step up violence and trigger fresh bloodshed in the state,” she said.
She said Jammu and Kashmir has always been the worst victim of Indo-Pak hostility and its people have been paying a colossal price for the same for the past over six decades. Mehbooba said the perpetrators of violence must understand that such methods have yielded nothing in the past nor would they yield anything in future except adding to the miseries of the people.
The Chief Minister while expressing anguish over the attack, paid rich tributes to the slain soldiers. She extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of those injured in the attack. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah also condemned the attack.
“Terrible news from Uri, 17 soldiers killed & many injured. May their souls rest in peace. Prayers for their families as also for the injured,” Omar wrote on Twitter. Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours today, killing 17 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel in the terror strike in which four ultras were neutralised.
Government, Mehbooba to review situation with security, intel officers
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will review the situation in the state with the heads of security forces and intelligence agencies in the wake of the terror attack on an army base in Uri that left 17 soldiers dead.
“The Governor and Chief Minister would be meeting the heads of security forces and intelligence agencies at the Raj Bhavan this evening to review the security situation,” an official spokesman said.
The spokesman said the Governor called Army’s Northern Command chief Lt Gen D S Hooda and Chinar Corps commander Lt Gen Satish Dua to convey his condolences over the loss of lives.
“After the Pakistani fidayeen attack at an army camp at Uri this morning, Governor N N Vohra called Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander and Lt Gen Satish
Dua, GOC 15 Corps, and conveyed his heartfelt sympathy on the loss of lives of brave soldiers. “He saluted the martyrs and wished early recovery to those injured,” the spokesman said. PTI
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