New Delhi: The surgical strikes made by the Army on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) is India’s sharpest response yet to the killing of 18 soldiers in a militant attack in Uri town of Kashmir on September 18.
New Delhi has blamed the attack on terrorist groups based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, a charge Islamabad continues to deny.
Here’s a look at 10 steps taken by India in the aftermath of the Uri attack:
1. Surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC to prevent further infiltration
2. A diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan on the international stage by exposing it globally. Efforts were successful with quick condemnation from world leaders
3. Withdrawing from the 19th SAARC Summit in Pakistan – a move replicated by Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan
4. Dropping the Indus Waters Treaty bomb, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “blood and water can't flow together”
5. Exposing in the European Union Pakistan’s safe havens for terror groups
6. Highlighting human rights violations in Balochistan, following which the European Parliament warned Pakistan of imposing sanctions if the situation continued
7. Summoning Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit twice to present and confront him with proofs of "cross-border origins" of the terror strike
8. Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the United Nations in which she called Pakistan the global hub of terror and pressed for its international isolation
9. Decision to review India's unilateral grant of Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan
10. Plans of a big naval exercise in the Arabian Sea, Pakistan’s only sea trade route