Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the attack and assured that "those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished".

Political leaders condemn Uri attack call for Pakistan to stop supporting terror activities
news Uri Attack Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 17:16

After the deadly Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir left 17 armed forces personnel dead, reactions and condolences have been pouring from across political parties. Many political leaders have also called for Pakistan to curb support to terror activities within its territory.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the "cowardly terror attack" and assured "the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished".

In light of the Uri attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh cancelled his trip to Russia and the US. In a series of tweets, he held Pakistan responsible for the attack. 

"I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan's continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups. Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such," the minister tweeted.

The minister said there were "definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators of (the) Uri attack were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped".

He said he was "deeply distressed" and prayed "for the speedy recovery of the injured". Helicopters flew the injured soldiers from Uri to the army's base hospital in Srinagar, about 70 km away.   

Congress President Sonia Gandhi described the attack as "cowardly". She deplored "the affront on our national conscience" and hoped that "the forces behind (the attackers) will be severely dealt with and brought to book".

Other Congress leaders like Chidambaram and Sheila Dixit also offered condolesces.

Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal too denounced the attack and said that "India cannot be cowed down by such attacks".

"I strongly condemn the cowardly attack at Uri in which 17 soldiers lost their lives," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader tweeted. "My heartfelt condolences to the families of those martyred in Uri."

Another AAP leader, Ashish Khetan, added: "We stand in solidarity with the government."

Former defence minister AK Antony told the media: "This incident comes close on the heels of what happened in Pathankot. At both these places militants managed to enter the military camps and this is a huge security lapse. The Kashmir issue is drifting and reaching dangerous propositions. All this is happening with the knowledge of Pakistan."

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar condemned the terror attack asked the central government to respond.

"What has happened is most unfortunate. It should not have happened and I condemn it. I think the government of India needs to be little more offensive in this regard... Government should see that adequate measures are adopted to see that such things don't happen in the future," Parsekar told reporters in Panaji.

The CPI (M) also came down hard on Pakistan.  "The CPI (M) has been consistently maintaining that terrorism is not the solution to the Kashmir issue. Such acts only compound the situation further. Pakistan must stop aiding and abetting the extremist forces. Such activities are a big impediment to the peace process in the region. Despite the deployment of a large number of security personnel, the government has failed to stop the continuing infiltration of militants," it said in a statement reported by IANS.

So far, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Retired Lt. Gen. Raj Kadyan, said it was time to teach Pakistan a lesson. Calling the attack the "most serious in the last decade", he said: "The response required today is a tough one. The army should launch a strike at a place and time of its choosing. Retribution should be quick and severe."

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