An Indian Army brigade headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri was attacked by armed militants on Sunday. Four militants were confirmed killed after the hours-long battle, which also claimed the lives of 17 soldiers — making it the most deadly attack in the northern region of the state in recent years.
Though the nationality of the assailants was yet to be confirmed, many were quick to point fingers at Pakistan on Twitter, also calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take retaliatory action. Others attempted to justify the attack as a reaction to alleged rights violations in Kashmir and the PM’s overtures about Balochistan.
India's national security has been seriously compromised on account of failed foreign policy and a weak, incompetent leadership. #UriAttack— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) September 18, 2016
If Pakistan thinks #UriAttack will have usual Indian non-response, it's delusional. This India has moved on from old strategic restraint— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) September 18, 2016
From the other side of the border, some Pakistanis justified the attack as a reaction to India’s attempts to quell protests in Kashmir.
Every action has reaction. #UriAttack— Mehrban Arif Awan (@MaMehrban) September 18, 2016
Kashmiri independence movement would succeed InshaAllah... that said innocent civilians must not be a target #UriAttack— Umar#Freedom4Kashmir (@ufmalik786) September 18, 2016
Indian army is good only in abusing and killing unarmed people. They lack skills to face combatants.. #UriAttack— Aßid Khan (@A_KhanX2) September 18, 2016
The timing of the attack — when India planned to raise the issue of state sponsorship of terrorism at the United Nations — was also called into question.