Retaliate to any infiltration bid at border with full force: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to armed forces

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had issued a demarche to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit  on Tuesday.  

Retaliate to any infiltration bid at border with full force: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to armed forces
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Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday met all three service chiefs and discussed security situation post-Uri terror attack, as per a media report.

He is also believed to have assessed defence preparedness of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

According to CNN-NEWS18, Parrikar is said to have told the armed forces to retaliate to any infiltration bid at the border with full force.

The move comes in the wake of 18 soldiers killed in a deadly strike on an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir.

Four terrorists were also killed by the Army.

Meanwhile, yesterday, for the second time in less than ten days, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had issued a demarche to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and had confronted him with proof of "cross-border origins" of the Uri terror strike.

The FS called in Basit and told him that the preliminary interrogation had revealed identity of one of the slain Uri attackers as Hafiz Ahmed, son of Feroz and resident of Dharbang, Muzaffarabad and also gives details of Pakistan- based handlers.

"Local villagers in the Uri sector apprehended on 21 September and handed over to Indian security forces two individuals from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir who have acted as guides for terrorists and helped them infiltrate across the LOC. Their personal particulars are -Faizal Hussain Awan, 20 years, s/o Gul Akbar Resident of Potha Jahangir, Muzaffarabad and Yasin Khursheed, 19 years, S/o Mohammed Khurshid Resident of Khiliana Kalan, Muzaffarabad," Basit was told, as per MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

The FS also told the Pakistan envoy that during his interrogation, Awan had deposed to the NIA that they had "guided and facilitated" the border crossing of the group that perpetrated the September 18 Uri massacre, as per PTI.

In another incident on September 23, 2016, one Pakistani national, Abdul Qayoom, r/o Sialkot was apprehended in Molu sector opposite Pakistan's Sialkot sector and has confessed to undergoing three weeks of training with the terrorist group LeT and donating substantial funds to Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, their front organization, Basit was conveyed.

(With Agency inputs)

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