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UPDATES: 17 Indian soldiers killed, 18 injured in Kashmir insurgent attack

09:42 AM | 18 Sep, 2016
UPDATES: 17 Indian soldiers killed, 18 injured in Kashmir insurgent attack
SRINAGAR - Update 2: Indian officials raised the number of the killed Indian soldiers to 17. Over a dozen were said to be injured. Initially, nine personnel were reported dead.

Update 1: Indian media reported that all four attackers involved in attack on Uri brigade headquarters were killed by the Indian forces. A search operation was still underway at the base.

Original Story: At least nine Indian soldiers were Sunday pronounced as dead while 18 others injured when a group of four insurgents attacked an Indian army base in Occupied Kashmir's Uri sector.

According to Indian media, Uri brigade headquarters is India's major infantry base in Kashmir, located some 100 km away from Srinagar. Hundreds of Indian soldiers and top military officials are stationed there.

Army spokesman Colonel S D Goswami confirmed that the attackers entered a base of an infantry battalion close to the Line of Control just before dawn and set many barracks on fire.

Several explosions and gunshots were also heard from inside the Indian base. Smoke could also be seen rising from the base.

Media reports said that personnel of army’s special forces were also airdropped in Uri sector to battle the attackers. As many as three choppers were also sent to Uri sector to assist the forces.

In the wake of the attack, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh postponed his visit to Russia and the United States. He also telephoned to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to inquire about the attack.

The attack just a week after the Wall Street Journal, in a report, said that Indian-held Kashmir could witness an intensified armed struggle against Indian forces as the continuous protests and curfews followed by the killing of Burhan Wani, a pro-freedom fighter, entered third month.

"Months of protests that were triggered by the killing of a young Kashmiri freedom fighter are stoking ‘long smoldering’ anger among the Kashmiri people of the Indian-held valley," the American newspaper said.

The death of Wani “touched a nerve, particularly in rural areas, where he used social media and personal outreach to become a sort of folk hero.”

“This summer’s protests have swept up not just urban centers but apple growing hamlets and remote mountain villages too, indicating the breadth of Mr Wani’s appeal,” the report added.

During the protests, in addition to the death of more than 70 people, thousands of others have been wounded in daily clashes between security forces and protests who are now demanding freedom. Indian forces have used pellet guns, shooting directly into crowds, which has hundreds of people at risk of losing their eyesight.

According to the report efforts by New Delhi to calm the situation “have foundered as the violence stretches into a third month, fueling resentment and raising the prospect of a return to armed struggle”.

Muslim Kashmiri leaders have refused to negotiate with Indian politicians who visited Srinagar earlier this month, saying they would not meet the Indian delegation as they were not ready to discuss the issue of Kashmiri self-determination.

According to the report, the UN’s top human rights officials demanded in August that both Pakistan and India grant “independent observers access” to Kashmir in the wake of serious human rights violation in the Indian-held valley. While Pakistan said it would welcome the independent observers, India refused.

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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