US tell Pakistan to cooperate with India on Uri attack probe

RSTV Bureau
Uri: Army personnel in action inside the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on September 18, 2016. Photo - PTI

Uri: Army personnel in action inside the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on September 18, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The United States has asked Pakistan to cooperate with India in probing the terror attack on Uri army base. 18 soldiers were killed in Sunday’s dastardly terror attack when four heavily armed militants, suspected to be from Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM), stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in Kashmir’s Uri town.

India has since then has been pushing to isolate Pakistan on the issue of terror in the region.

According to the US State department, in a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the UN, the two discussed the incident.

“The Secretary urged Pakistani cooperation in the investigation,” the State Department official told the news agency, adding that the US is awaiting further information as to who were behind these attacks and has offered its assistance to India on this.

“We are still awaiting further information. We have offered our assistance to the government of India, and we also urge Pakistan to cooperate in the ongoing investigation,” the State Department official said.

FILE: File photo of US Secretary of State, John Kerry.  Photo - PTI

FILE: File photo of US Secretary of State, John Kerry.
Photo – PTI

Earlier, United States has strongly asked Pakistan do lot more on controlling terror in the region. Expressing strong concerns over the terror attack in Uri and situation in Kashmir, US Secretary of State John Kerry asked Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to prevent terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens.

The two had met on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Addressing the press, State Department Spokesperson John Kirby had said that Kerry “reiterated the need for Pakistan to prevent all terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens.”

National Investigating Agency (NIA), probing the attacks is working to find the leads from two Global Positioning System (GPS) sets recovered from the slain militants. Besides, the central probe agency would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained.

In a related development, India on Wednesday summoned Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit bringing to his notice the evidence recovered on involvement of Pak-based terrorists.

Union Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told Basit about the content of GPS recovered from the bodies of terrorists with coordinates that indicate the point and time of infiltration across the LoC and the subsequent route to the terror attack site and grenades with Pakistani markings as evidence of Pakistan’s role in Uri attack.

(With inputs from the Agencies)