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In a move to corner Pakistan over the Uri terror attack, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)on Wednesday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has summoned Basit over the terrorist attack on the Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.

Jaishankar reminded Basit that the Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 to not allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. And now, The persistent and growing violation of this undertaking is a matter of very serious concern.

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“The latest terrorist attack in Uri only underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active. We demand that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism against India,” said Jaishankar

Basit was also reminded that this year, beginning with the Pathankot airbase attack, there have been continuous attempts by armed terrorists to cross the LoC and International Boundary in order to carry out attacks in India. Seventeen such attempts have been interdicted at or around the LoC, resulting in the elimination of thirty one terrorists and preventing their intended acts of terrorism. Foreign Secretary also reminded him that even as he spoke two engagements at the LoC were ongoing.

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Meanwhile, four terrorists who stormed the Army base on Sunday killing 18 soldiers belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and managed to sneak in by cutting the perimeter fencing of the highly-guarded army installation at two places, investigations have shown.

In an indication that the terrorists were well-versed of the layout of the Army base close to the Line of Control (LoC), the assailants locked the cooking room and store from outside to prevent the soldiers from leaving before setting them afire, sources privy to the probe said on Wednesday.

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The investigators are not ruling out “insider help” to the terrorists in view of the precise nature of the actions undertaken by the intruders once inside the Army base, the sources said, adding the attackers first cut the perimeter fencing at two places, as per agency reports.

Jaishankar further briefed Basit by saying that In the recent incidents, India has recovered a number of items that include:

a. GPS 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;
b. Grenades with Pakistani markings;
c. Communication matrix sheets;
d. Communication equipment; and
e. Other stores made in Pakistan, including food, medicines and clothes.

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“If the Government of Pakistan wishes to investigate these cross-border attacks, India is ready to provide finger prints and DNA samples of terrorists killed in the Uri and Poonch incidents,” Jaishankar stressed.

India now expects a response from the Government of Pakistan based on the investigations and the findings mentioned above.