Islamabad, Nov 1 - At least 20 militants and four security personnel were killed Saturday…
The burial of the four suspected Jaish militants just a day after they killed 18 soldiers in Uri has raised some questions, with experts saying India should have waited and confronted Pakistan with the bodies.
Within hours of the pre-dawn strike on Sunday, the worst against the army in a decade in Jammu and Kashmir, the force said the attackers were “foreign terrorists”.
“It appears the burials were done hurriedly. There should be a consistency template in handling bodies of terrorists after such attacks,” strategic affairs expert and air vice marshal (retd) Kapil Kak said on Tuesday.
The Uri attackers were buried on Monday in a graveyard close to the northern Kashmir army camp. Typically, foreign militants are buried at Kitchama, which is close to the Line of Control and 25km from Uri.
The last rites could have been deferred, given the bodies of Pathankot attackers were preserved for some time, Kak said.
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The bodies of the men who struck the Pathankot airbase in January were kept in a morgue for four months, while the five-member suicide squad that attacked Parliament in 2001 got burials after a month.
In both the cases, India asked Pakistan to accept the bodies and carried out the last rites after Islamabad failed to respond.
The bodies of the nine Lashkar-e-Taiba men killed during the 2008 Mumbai siege were kept in a city morgue for more than a year before they were buried at a secret location.
India initially asked Pakistan to inform the families of the nine men to collect the bodies but there was no response.
The bodies were embalmed and kept in the JJ Hospital in a sealed room, with the temperature set at 4°Celsius to prevent decomposition.