Washington | Strongly condemning the terrorist attack on an army camp in North Kashmir’s Uri town that killed 17 soldiers, top American lawmakers across the aisle have called for bringing the perpetrators of the crime to justice.
“I condemn the horrible terror attack against an Indian Army Base in Uri in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, which resulted in the death of 17 Indian soldiers. The terrorists who perpetrated this cowardly act must be brought to justice,” said Democratic Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus yesterday .
“I extend condolences to the family and friends of the soldiers who lost their lives in the attack,” Warner said.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton said the pre-dawn attack on Indian troops while they slept was a cowardly act, one that deserves the strongest condemnation.
“I extend my condolences to the Indian government and to the families of the fallen,” he said.
“The US and India share a vital interest in defending our democracies from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Both our nations must commit fully to deepening our security partnership so that radical jihadists are defeated and stability in the region is maintained,” Cotton said.
“I strongly condemn yesterday’s terrorist attack in NW India. We will not let these attacks affect our united fight against terrorism,” said Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules.
The Uri attack is a reminder to democracies the world over that terrorism seeks to destroy peace loving societies everywhere, said Republican Congressman Ted Poe.
“It is still unclear which terrorist group carried out this cowardly attack, but one thing is certain. This is just the latest consequence of Pakistan’s longstanding irresponsible policy of supporting and providing operational space for all stripes of jihadi terrorist groups,” he said.
Pakistan’s reckless behaviour in this regard is a serious security risk to its neighbors and India unfortunately pays the price all too often, he said.
Poe is Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non Proliferation and Trade.
“We condemn this tragic attack, as well as Pakistan’s support for many criminals like the ones who carried it out, and stand firm in our commitment to our friends in India. A threat to democracy in India is a threat to democracy everywhere. And that’s just the way it is,” Poe said.
The Uri terrorist attack is yet another reminder of the threat international terrorism poses, said Congressman Brad Sherman, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
“I strongly encourage the governments in the region to make every effort to find the terrorists that carried out these attacks and bring them to justice. The US should continue to assist these governments and ensure they can eliminate terrorist threats,” Sherman said.
In one of the deadliest attacks on the Army in recent years, 17 soldiers were killed and 19 others injured as heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the force in North Kashmir’s Uri town early Sunday.
Four militants involved in the terror strike were killed by the Army.