In­dia says Pak­istan a ter­ror­ist state be­ing run by war ma­chine Mum­bai on alert af­ter kids spot ‘in­trud­ers’ near Uran

URI AT­TACK FALL­OUT ‘Ter­ror worst hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion,’ In­dia’s re­tort to Nawaz Sharif’s speech

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In­dia has called Pak­istan a “ter­ror­ist state” that hosts “the Ivy League of ter­ror­ism” while re­spond­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the UN gen­eral assem­bly that raked up the Kash­mir is­sue and sought a fact-find­ing mis­sion into al­leged bru­tal­i­ties.

The re­sponse marked the lat­est round in a war of words that has es­ca­lated af­ter Sun­day’s ter­ror at­tack on an army camp in Uri that killed 18 sol­diers. In­dia also said the onus is now on Pak­istan to act against ter­ror­ist groups en­gag­ing in cross-border at­tacks while threat­en­ing to with­draw or down­grade the most-favoured na­tion sta­tus granted in 1996.

Dur­ing his 20-minute speech, Sharif de­scribed the un­rest in Kash­mir as an “in­dige­nous up­ris­ing” and an “in­tifada” (up­ris­ing) and ac­cused In­dia of “bru­tal sup­pres­sion” and “gross and sys­tem­atic vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights”. He re­ferred to mil­i­tant com­man­der Burhan Wani, whose killing sparked the un­rest, as a “young leader mur­dered by In­dian forces”.

In­dia hit back in a right-ofre­ply state­ment, de­liv­ered by Ee­nam Gamb­hir, first sec­re­tary in In­dia’s per­ma­nent mis­sion to the UN, who started by say­ing: “The worst vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights is ter­ror­ism. When prac­ticed as an in­stru­ment of state pol­icy it is a war crime. “What my coun­try and our other neigh­bours are fac­ing to­day is Pak­istan’s long-stand­ing pol­icy of spon­sor­ing ter­ror­ism, the con­se­quences of which have spread well be­yond our re­gion.”

Re­call­ing the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Ab­bot­tabad, she said, “The land of Tax­ila, one of the great­est learn­ing cen­tres of an­cient times, is now host to the Ivy League of ter­ror­ism.” She added Pak­istan is a “ter­ror­ist state” that chan­nels bil­lions of dol­lars to train­ing and back­ing ter­ror groups used as “mil­i­tant prox­ies against it neigh­bours”.

Min­is­ter of state for ex­ter­nal af­fairs MJ Ak­bar re­ferred to Sharif ’s de­scrip­tion of Wani and told re­porters, “We heard the glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of a ter­ror­ist. Wani is a de­clared com­man­der of Hizbul (Mu­jahideen), widely ac­knowl­edged as a ter­ror group. It is shock­ing that a leader of a na­tion can glo­rify a self-ad­ver­tised ter­ror­ist at such a fo­rum. This is self-in­crim­i­na­tion by the Pak PM.” Army sol­diers at the site at Aragam vil­lage, Srinagar, where a mil­i­tant was killed in an en­counter on Thurs­day.

Mum­bai was put on high alert on Thurs­day, and search oper­a­tions were launched over land and sea, af­ter school­child­ren spot­ted a few sus­pi­cious-look­ing men near a naval base in Navi Mum­bai.

The search oper­a­tions, in­volv­ing navy chop­pers and coast guard pa­trol boats, came four days af­ter sus­pected Pak­istani mil­i­tants at­tacked an army camp at Uri in Jammu & Kash­mir, killing 18 sol­diers.

“I am only con­firm­ing that the navy is on a high state of alert af­ter re­ceiv­ing an in­put re­gard­ing sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity from some school­child­ren in Karanja, near Mum­bai,” said cap­tain DK Sharma, a spokesper­son for the In­dian Navy.

The naval base is lo­cated at Uran, about 50km from Mum­bai. Po­lice said they closed down schools in Uran be­fore con­duct­ing searches.

The Mum­bai po­lice’s port zone also in­creased sur­veil­lance at po­ten­tial land­ing points and other sen­si­tive lo­ca­tions along the city’s coast, in­clud­ing Gate­way of In­dia, Raj Bha­van, the off­shore drilling rig at Bom­bay High and Bhabha Atomic Re­search Cen­tre.

The vul­ner­a­bil­ity of Mum­bai’s coast­line was ex­posed on Novem­ber 26, 2008, when a group of Lashkar-e-Taiba mil­i­tants ar­rived in the city by boat and car­ried out one of the worst ter­ror at­tacks in In­dia, killing 164 peo­ple and wound­ing 308.

“We have de­clared a state of alert in the city fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent and req­ui­site steps are be­ing taken to se­cure it,” said Deven Bharti, joint com­mis­sioner (law and or­der) of the Mum­bai po­lice.

Su­nita Thack­ray, deputy com­mis­sioner A naval team searches for sus­pected ter­ror­ists at Uran on Thurs­day. of po­lice (port zone), said, “Pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures are be­ing taken and all coastal po­lice sta­tions have been told to step up their pres­ence in the sea to keep an eye on any sus­pi­cious move­ments.”

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of po­lice Satish Mathur said, “We have alerted the en­tire po­lice force, in­clud­ing the ATS (anti-ter­ror­ism squad). A Force One team has also been dis­patched. Ev­ery pos­si­ble mea­sure is be­ing taken to keep our city safe.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

WASEEM ANDRABI/HT

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