Terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims 'reprehensible'

Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured in a terrorist attack in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday night.

As many as 22,633 devotees embarked on the pilgrimage on Tuesday amid heightened security measures even as the attack was condemned by one and all, right from Amnesty International and SAARC nations to all parties cutting across political lines.

The statement issued by Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a clear reference to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, dispelling an earlier controversy over the State Department calling it "Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir".

Singh along with Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir is part of a central delegation visiting Jammu and Kashmir to assess security measures for Amarnath pilgrims.

"We are too anxious about the United Nations will say and the sanctions that our allies will impose", this person added.

In synch with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that "all Kashmiris are not terrorists" adding that terrorism is in its last phase and would soon be wiped out. "That's of great concern to us", she told reporters at a news conference.

Another Congressman William Pete Olson, US representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district, tweeted: "The terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is deplorable & must be condemned. Deepest condolences to the families and all those affected", she had said, as per IANS. "Our hearts go out to the victims of the terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra".

Separatist leaders also condemned the attack.

Afghanistan, which is at the front-line in the fight against terrorism, has always evinced its honesty and valor in counter-terrorism efforts, once again stressing on putting up a collective and earnest fight against terrorism through a unified strategy, a statement from the Afghan President's office said. "Safety and security of the pilgrims will be ensured".

Quoting intelligence inputs, officials in Delhi said four terrorists, two of whom are Pakistanis, are suspected to have been involved in the attack.

  • Joey Payne