The serial terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday bore an “unambiguous clear link to Pakistan,” and the elements involved were “right at the top,” the Indian Army has said.
“There has been a top-down coordination in Pakistan to synchronise the terror attacks,” Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, the top army commander in Kashmir, told NDTV on Sunday. This is because it is “not possible for non-state actors in Pakistan to operate without nexus with elements in official establishment”.
The packets of food the terrorists were carrying show they had been manufactured in Pakistan, ammunition and weapons show they have been produced by a Pakistani company, Lt General Saha said.
Thirteen people – a civilian, nine soldiers and three policemen – died in the four attacks on Friday, days before the third phase of assembly elections are to be held in the state.
The deadliest attack took place at the army camp in Uri, in which eight Armymen, including an officer, were killed. All six militants were also killed in the encounter which lasted over six hours.
Besides food packets, six AK rifles, 55 magazines, two shotguns, two night vision binoculars, four radio sets, 32 unused grenades and one medical kit were recovered from the dead terrorists.
Lt General Saha said there were no lapses on part of the army. “Can’t say any lapses at our end because our priority is to keep civilians safe, which we did… Sometimes, my men have had to pay a very high price but we do it for democracy.”
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already blamed Pakistan for sheltering terrorists who cross the border to target India. “I think Pakistan should try to stop these incidents, if they can’t, they should speak to India about it,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, has condemned the attacks, saying they were “desperate attempts to derail the atmosphere of hope” in the state, brought about by the high turnout in the first two phases of the elections.