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No ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to Uri terror attack: govt sources


New Delhi : Government does not want to take any knee-jerk reaction in the wake of terror attack in Uri allegedly by terror groups based in Pakistan while it was considering various options, top sources said.

Sources privy to the deliberations among the top government functionaries said there will be no “knee-jerk” reaction “anytime soon” even though 18 soldiers were killed by four terrorists backed by Pakistan-based groups in the attack on an Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri yesterday.

Action will be taken only after proper planning, coordination, exploring all options and taking everyone concerned into confidence, sources said.

They recalled that in the case of Mynamar last year, the Army carried out an operation along the border against NSCN-K militants involved in the killing of 18 soldiers in Manipur in June, 2015 only after a week.

“Here, we have a hostile Pakistani establishment. So any hasty action is completely ruled out,” a source said.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh too appeared to echo government’s thinking by saying that no action should be taken under the influence of emotions and anger.

“Having seen the army closely, I feel, it needs to be analysed as to what happened there…It needs to be investigated how the incident took place and what were the lacuna.

“…from the army’s side, alertness is required. The Kashmir situation needs to be thought about. The action has to be taken without getting influenced by emotions, anger. It has to be taken coolly and with proper planning,” he said.

Heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM had yesterday stormed the army base in Uri in Kashmir, killing 18 jawans.


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