Uri terror attack: Shiv Sena targets govt, seeks 'tit-for-tat' action

"Uri is Indian false flag operation like Pathankot", blared a headline on the front page of The News International.

After a more measured response of late to Pakistan provocations, analysts said Modi must retaliate in order to avoid a domestic backlash.

"Pakistan's armed forces will thwart any sinister design against the integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan".

A day after high-pitched rhetoric after the daring terror attack that killed 18 Army soldiers, the government officials said there would be no knee-jerk reactions anytime soon even as all options were put on the table at a high-level meeting chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

Pakistan has denied any involvement in the Sunday assault, saying India was blaming it even without conducting any investigation. A flaring of their rivalry could dent investor sentiment and further set back faltering efforts to bolster South Asia's economic integration.

"India would have to weigh the consequences of allowing the region to devolve into India-Pakistani conflict for India's quest to be viewed as a rising and responsible global power", she said.

Modi has criticized the last Congress government for being weak on Pakistan. "This is just the latest outcome of Pakistan's longstanding irresponsible policy of supporting and providing operational space for all stripes of jihadi terrorist groups", he said.

They said the inquiry will look into all possible lapses that could have led to the attack and ascertain whether it could have been prevented.

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Expressing his satisfaction over operational preparedness of the army, he said that Pakistan Army is fully prepared to mitigate the entire spectrum of internal and external threats.

According to sources, shallow infiltration means when militants cross the Line of Control and target the first available army camp or security establishment. "There will be voices within the government that will be advocating that".

India is also likely to go all aggressive this time. Taking a dig at Parrikar, he said the Defence Minister is "busy threatening fellow Indians like Aamir Khan" and asked whether the priorities have gone wrong for the government.

"We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of own choosing", said Director General Military Operations (DGMO) lieutenant general Ranbir Singh, after a series of meetings held at various levels starting from the Prime Minister.

United Nations General Assembly in NY next week. "We are also concerned about the fact that, according to New Delhi, the army base near Uri was attacked from Pakistani territory", the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

India's options are limited, though.

Commending the steady progress of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, General Raheel Sharif paid glowing tributes to officers and men of Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, Rangers and police who are rendering supreme sacrifices while successfully fighting against terrorists across the length and breadth of the country.

There is also the risk Beijing-which is pursuing a $45-billion strategic project called the China Pakistan Economic Corridor that traverses Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-might get involved, Sinha said.

  • Sonia Alvarado