Uri attack aimed at triggering fresh violence, creating war-like situation: Mehbooba

SRINAGAR: The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, on Sunday said the militant attack on an army base in Uri near the Line of Control seemed to be aimed at “triggering fresh violence and creating a war-like situation” in the region.

The Chief Minister said the heightened tension in the wake of Uri attack was set to further vitiate the atmosphere in and around Jammu and Kashmir amid increasing Indo-Pak hostility.

“Unfortunately, people in Jammu and Kashmir, who are already mired in an agonizing situation shall have to bear the maximum brunt of the fresh attempts being made to step up violence and trigger fresh bloodshed in the State,” she said.

Mehbooba said J&K has always been the worst victim of Indo-Pak hostility and its people have been paying a colossal price for the same for the past over six decades.

“The perpetrators of violence must understand that violent methods have yielded nothing in the past nor will these yield anything in future except adding to the miseries of the people,” the Chief Minister said.

Paying tributes to the slain army soldiers, Mehbooba extended “heartfelt condolences” to the bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of those injured in the attack.

Seventeen soldiers of the Indian Army were killed in the fidayeen-style militant attack on an army camp in Uri sector of Northern Kashmir’s Baramulla district this morning. Four militants were also killed in the gunfight that lasted for five to six hours, starting before dawn.