India mulls options against Uri attack
India considers options to take on Pakistan's lies regarding its support to Kashmiri terror groups. [Representational Image] In Picture: Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) takes a group photo with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2nd L), Brazil's President Michel Temer (L), Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at the West Lake State Guest House ahead of G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China,  September 4, 2016.Reuters

The attack on an Indian Army base in Uri, 100km from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, on September 18 evoked shock and strong condemnation from the international community. The attack killed 18 soldiers of the 10 Dogra Regiment, an infantry regiment of the Indian Army.

As India collects itself from the rude shock of the attack, which is considered the biggest terrorist attack on the Indian Army in the past 14 years, the country is mulling over response options. It has promised not to make any knee-jerk reactions and will collect all the evidences and respond appropriately. "We reserve the right to respond at the time and place of our choosing," Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, director general of military operation (DGMO), said told the media. 

The ministry of external affairs has started to shore up evidence against Pakistan, which uses terrorism as an instrument of state policy and sponsors the proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir. However, Pakistan has always denied any involvement or support to terror groups operating from its territory.

Defence expert G Parthasarathy, the former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan, noted that India can choose from a wide range of options to deal with the situation. He suggested the response could be a mix of diplomatic and multilateral factors.

Given below is a list of statements from the international community following the Uri attack. These statements subtly hint that the international community has started losing patience with Pakistan's duplicity when it comes to spinning terror in the neighbourhood, be it India or Afghanistan.

The United States

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on an Indian Army base in Kashmir during the early morning of 18 September.

We extend our condolences to the victims and their families.

The United States is committed to our strong partnership with the Indian government to combat terrorism.

Russia

We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the Indian military unit in the area of Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, which occurred on the night of18 September. 17 soldiers were killed and 30 injured in the attack.

We express our deep condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

In view of the attack on the Indian air base at Pathankot in January this year, we note with concern the resurgence of terrorist attacks near the Line of control.

It is alarming, and according to New Delhi, the attack on military unit near the town of Uri was committed from the territory of Pakistan.

France

This recent attack is a reminder of the fact that like France, Indian is a victim of terrorism.

More than ever, we stand alongside India, France's strategic partner, to fight against this scourge.

We call for decisive actions to be taken within the respect of international law against terrorist groups targeting India and in particular Laskhar-e-Taibba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

The United Kingdom

The UK condemns all forms of terrorism, and stands shoulder to shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism, and in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Japan

The government of Japan strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Indian base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir and extends its sincere condolences.

Japan condemns terrorism in all forms regardless of its purposes and strongly reiterates that no act of terrorist can be justified.

Japan expresses its solidarity with India in the fight against terrorism.

Germany

Germany stands firmly on the side of India in the fight against terrorism.

Every country has the responsibility to take decisive action against terrorism which emanates from its own territory.

Canada

The Government of Canada extends condolences to the victims and their families. We are appalled by these attacks and stand with the Government of India in the fight against terrorism.

China

We are shocked by the news of the attack and we offer our deep condolences to the effected families and the injured.

China opposes and condemns all kinds of terrorism.

Republic of Korea 

The Government of the Republic of Korea extends its deepest condolences and sympathy to the innocent victims of the terrorist attack and their bereaved families. It is the firm position of the Government of the Republic of Korea that terrorism is a crime against humanity that cannot be justified under any circumstances. The RoK government will continue to take part in the efforts of the international community to eradicate terrorism.

The United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has condemned the terrorist attack that targeted an Indian military base in Uri district north of Kashmir and led to the killing of 17 and injured over 35 army personnel. UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation renewed UAE's firm stand against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The Ministry also expresses UAE's solidarity with the Republic of India and support to all actions it may take to confront and eradicate terrorism.

Saudi Arabia

The Foreign Ministry expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack that targeted an Indian military base in the Uri area of north Kashmir, killing and wounding dozens.

Bahrain

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirms the Kingdom's full support to the friendly Republic of India in their actions to counter terrorism, renewing the Kingdom's firm position against all forms of terrorism and calling for concerted efforts to eliminate it and cut off is funding.

Qatar

The State of Qatar has strongly condemned the 'criminal attack' on an Indian military base in Uri district Northern Kashmir. The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed the State of Qatar's condemnation of such criminal acts which aim to undermine security and stability, reiterating Qatar's stance rejecting violence and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Mauritius

Mauritius stands in solidarity with the Government of India and with all those committed to the fight against terrorism.

Bangladesh

Strongly condemns terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations. In line with its 'zero tolerance' policy against terrorism and violent extremism, Bangladesh firmly stands beside India at this difficult hour. As a close friend and neighbour, we would continue to work together in our common endeavour to eradicate the menace of cross-border terrorism from this region and beyond.

Nepal

The government of Nepal in line with its principled position, unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Such acts must be firmly and resolutely dealt with. We firmly believe that the perpetrators behind the heinous act in Uri will be brought to justice at the earliest.

Maldives

The Government of Maldives condemns in the strongest terms, the terrorist attack on the Army Base in Uri in Kashmir, India. Terrorism is a threat to regional and international peace, security, and democracy. The Maldives has always condemned international terrorism, especially those originating from outside, defeating and eliminating which requires international collaboration and cooperation in good faith.

Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani was deeply saddened by the terrorist attack that occurred on a military base in the Uri area of India in which a number of Indian soldiers were killed and wounded.

President Ghani said that terrorism is an ominous phenomenon against humanity and has no respect to any religion and rules.

Sri Lanka

The government of Sri Lanka strongly condemns the terrorist attack on an Indian military base in Kashmir.

In the hour of grief, the government of Sri Lanka offers its condolences to the families of the victims of the attack.

Bhutan

Bhutan strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and stands with India in its fight against terrorism. Such heinous acts of terrorism calls for the need to step-up international cooperation to combat the scourge of terrorism that poses a severe threat to the peace and stability of all nations.

Mongolia

Expresses deep regret that the armed terrorists brutally attacked the military complex in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir of India on the morning of 18 September 2016 and dozens of army personnel were killed and injured. While extending condolences to the victims and their families, Mongolia firmly stands that the terrorist attack must not be a disruption of efforts for strengthening the regional stability and mutual understanding in the region.

Armenia

We strongly condemn terrorist attack in Kashmir and express deep condolences to families of killed and friendly people of India.

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