Top US lawmakers came out in support of India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack which killed 19 soldiers.
“Uri attack against India was horrific. Prayers are with victims’ families. I will continue to follow India’s subsequent counter terrorism op closely,” Congressman Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip in the US House of Representatives wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Our sympathy and support go out to India as they work to counter the terrorism they faced in the Uri Attack,” Congressman Pete Olson said in a tweet. Olson, from Texas, is vice chair of House Energy and Power Committee.
“Condolences to the victims of last week’s terrorist attack on the Indian Army base in Kashmir. We stand with India fighting terrorism,” said Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona.
The Indian army announced that it had carried out surgical strikes about 1-3 kilometres into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir along the de-facto border that separates the two neighbours in the intervening night between September 28-29. The army said it had attacked seven militant launchpads, which their intelligence had indicated were planning attacks in several locations in the country. The strike was India’s response to an attack on an army base in Uri, located in Kashmir — a matter that has spiralled into a diplomatic tussle between the two countries. India blamed Pakistan for being a sponsor of terror at the recently concluded 71st United Nations General Assembly, and a week later, pulled out of the Saarc summit.
Meanwhile, a public petition to the White House to designate Pakistan as a terror state has gained more than 3,90,000 signatures.
Organisers of the petition said they have set a target of getting the support of more than a million people, which would reflect a growing sentiment against Pakistan in the United States and globally.