Amarnath Yatra attack: Protests against terror, communalism


At least seven pilgrims were killed and more than 15 were injured after terrorists attacked a bus in the Batengoo area of Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday.

That was replied to by a Suchi Singh Kalra, who media reports said told Singh that no one cared whether Kashmiriyat was alive or not but that they needed strong action from Singh against the terrorists responsible for yesterday's attack. "It's now our responsibility and challenge to make the State truly a model by strengthening these ideals and guarding them firmly", she said in her statement. Proactive operations have been launched, mainly in south Kashmir, to track down Ismail.

"The terrorist attack on Amarnath Pilgrims is outrageous", said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. The deadliest attack was mounted by LeT terrorists on August 1, 2000.

There was no response from the party when asked about Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia's demand that the Jammu and Kashmir government (a coalition between the Peoples Democratic Party and the BJP) be dismissed.

It described circumstances eerily similar to what transpired Monday night: "The attack may be in the form of standoff fire on yatra (pilgrimage) convoy, which they (militants) believe will result in flaring of communal tensions throughout the nation".

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"The beauty of Kashmir's tolerant character is that the cave shrine was discovered by a local Muslim and even today Kashmiri Muslims are seen helping and serving yatries all along the route", she said.

The Trump administration has expressed concern over the "reprehensible" terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir that killed seven persons.

"Considering the unfortunate loss of life and injuries suffered by the yatris in the recent terror attack, the entire security apparatus has been put on the highest alert by the ministers", a Home Ministry statement said.

The annual summer pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine, which began June 29 under heavy security, has been targeted in the past. The 40-day long pilgrimage will conclude August 7.

A paramilitary security personnel keeping vigil as a convoy of Amaranth pilgrims leave for Kashmir on the outskirts of Jammu.