Jammu residents condemn Uri attack, demand action against Pak

Jammu, Sep 20 (PTI) Scores of candlelight marches wereheld in Jammu today in remembrance of the 18 soldiers who weremartyred in Uri terror attack even as people raisedanti-Pakistan slogans and demanded stern action against "thosesponsoring terrorism". On Sunday, heavily armed militants suspected to be fromPakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had stormed the armybase in Uri in Kashmir killing 18 jawans. Expressing their anguish over the attack, the protestersdemanded strong action by India in retaliation to the attackin order "to teach Pakistan a lesson". Members of the civil society, trade associations andreligious organisations came out in large numbers at severalplaces in the city to pay their respects to the slainsoldiers. "Pakistan has been continuously stabbing India in theback, be it Samba, Kathua, Gurdaspur, Udhampur, Pathankot andnow Uri and we are tolerating all this without doinganything," a protestor Pardeep Gupta said. "Every time we are attacked by Pakistan-sponsored, trainedand funded terrorists we adopt a week-kneed approach, but thistime the Indian government should show some guts and punishthose responsible for the killing of our soldiers," he added. The protesters also set on fire an effigy of PakistaniPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif. They said the entire country would stand behind PrimeMinister Narendra Modi "if he decides to take strong step toteach Pakistan a lesson". Taranjeet Singh, a resident of Vijaypur, said "India isfed up with the daily pin pricks by Pakistan and its thresholdof patience has been breached". "If the killing of 18 soldiers does not wake us, nothingelse ever will. The incubator of terrorism should be taught alesson. India must target Pakistan diplomatically andstrategically to avenge the killings of our 18 brave men,"said Singh. PTI TSS AB CHT RGCHT

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