India weighs response to deadly raid on Kashmir base
INDIA weighed yesterday its response to a bloody raid on an army base in Kashmir which fuelled tensions with nuclear-armed Pakistan, as some politicians called for military action after the worst attack of its kind in over a decade.
New Delhi has said Pakistan-based militants were behind the September 18 attack in which 17 soldiers were killed, raising the prospect of a military escalation in the already tense disputed Himalayan region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised those responsible would not go unpunished as his home minister accused Pakistan of “continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups”.
India regularly accuses its archrival Pakistan of arming and sending rebels across the heavily militarised border that divides Kashmir between the two countries to launch attacks on its forces.
Some Indian politicians and army veterans have called for a muscular response to the assault, including air strikes on training camps on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control that divides Kashmir.
The neighbours have fought three wars since gaining independence from British rule in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.
But Indian media urged caution, with the Indian Express saying such calls were “easier made than acted upon” and warning that targeting militants inside Pakistan would invite reprisals.
The United Nations also called for restraint as Indian ministers met yesterday for urgent talks. –