Trump condemns terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims
14 July, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Rita Burton
The deadliest attack was mounted by LeT terrorists on August 1, 2000. This pilgrimage is annually on the radar of the terrorists.
The Trump administration strongly condemned the "cowardly" terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir and vowed that the USA and India will together continue to fight terror threats in "every part of the world".
The officer said the militants first attacked a police bullet proof bunker at Khanabal and later a police check point."After retaliation from the police, the militants started firing indiscriminately". The bus was also reportedly not part of the official tour, which means that it did not have the standard police escort. Though security had been increased along the route for the pilgrimage, the thousands of deployed soldiers and police do not patrol overnight. Sources said the attack was planned at a short notice when the bus halted for an hour due to a flat tyre and a mechanical snag.
However, violating the security guidelines, the bus was neither registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board nor had it adhered to the security detail. "The attack is reprehensible and must be condemned".
He claimed that the role on sleeper cells of the Lashkar-e-Taiba or the Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence operating outside the state can not be ruled out. That is a great concern to us and our thoughts and prayers go out to those people and to their families as well.
"We're investigating the attack, but we know certainly that the Lashkar has done it".
"I salute the people of the country for being patient", the chief minister said, adding the militants failed in their motive to pit people against each other and provoke communal riots. This is the reason why prominent Hindu places of worship, and worshippers visiting them, are deemed completely safe from attacks.
Proactive operations have been launched, primarily in south Kashmir, to track down Ismail as investigations, including communication intercepts, have pointed to his involvement in the attack, he said.
The attack is going to have far reaching implications not just on Kashmiris living in the Valley, but outside too.
"My two brothers are studying in India", school teacher Shagufta Kaunsar said. A report to this effect has been submitted to the Union Home Ministry. "Possibility of backlash can't be ignored", he said in a Twitter message.
Twelve pilgrims were wounded in the fighting triggered after the militants attacked a police bunker and another police party at a checkpoint. The bodies of those killed were flown to New Delhi on their way to the pilgrims' west Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Salahuddin has openly admitted to carrying out attacks against India, including on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab, on January 2, 2016. While the loss of innocent lives is tragic, it is heartening that there has been unqualified condemnation of the attack from across the political spectrum in Jammu and Kashmir and outside. Many shops and businesses were shuttered for a protest strike in Jammu.
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