Pakistan is a "terrorist state" and should be isolated, India said on Sunday while launching a scathing attack on Islamabad in the wake of a strike at an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir in which 17 soldiers were killed.
In a strongly worded statement, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the militants who carried out the attack in the Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri were highly trained and heavily armed and vowed to hunt down those behind it.
Expressing his deep disappointment with Pakistan's "continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups", he said: "Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such".
After an hour-long reviewed meeting convened in the wake of the Uri incident, Singh, who postponed his scheduled visit to Russia and the United States, said that he has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the deliberations.
The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, top officials of Ministries of Home and Defence and Army and paramilitary forces.
"There are definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators of Uri attack were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped," he said.
The Home Minister said those behind this terror incident would be brought to justice.
Singh said he was deeply distressed by the incident and the loss of 17 soldiers.
"My heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers. I pray for speedy recovery of the injured," he said.