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Two guides from Muzaffarabad facilitated Uri attackers, India tells Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday promptly rejected Indian allegations of its involvement in the Uri army base attack, soon after Indian authorities said they had shared “evidence” with Pakistan High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit.

Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit said India is trying to divert the world’s attention from atrocities being committed by Indian forces in India-held Kashmir (IHK) by blaming the Uri attack on Pakistan.

“If India is sincere in carrying out an investigation of the Uri attack then it should not run away from it. India should allow independent investigators to carry out an investigation into the attack,” he said.

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Basit to hand over the evidence, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Jaishankar alleged that local villagers apprehended two Muzaffarabad-based ‘guides’ that India claims facilitated the Uri army base attackers.

Swarup tweeted details of the guides, identifying them as Faizal Hussain Awan, 20, son of Gul Akbar and a resident of Potha Jahangir, Muzaffarabad, and Yasin Khurshid, 19, son of Muhammad Khurshid and a resident of Khiliana Kalan, Muzaffarabad.

“Preliminary interrogation reveals identity of one of the slain Uri attackers as Hafiz Ahmed, son of Feroz and a resident of Dharbang Muzaffarabad,” he alleged.

“Details of the handlers were also obtained,” Swarup alleged. The Indian foreign ministry spokesman identified the alleged handlers as Mohammad Kabir Awan and Basharat.

“The foreign secretary terms continuing cross-border terrorist attacks from Pakistan against India as unacceptable,” Swarup said.

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