Jammu: In Jammu and Pir Panjal region, on the call of traders and National Conference, people observed a complete shutdown against the attack on Amarnath Yatri’s in South Kashmir on Mondayevening. Seven pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured in the attack.
As a precautionary measure, the government had suspended internet service and the educational institutions across Jammu region.
A senior police officer said: “All educational institutions in Jammu district shall remain shut today (Tuesday) as a precautionary measure.”
All the shops and business establishments remained shut while transport remained off the roads in Jammu district. The call for shutdown in Jammu was forwarded by Opposition National Conference.
Massive deployments of government forces personnel were seen in the district. To avoid any law and order problem, security had been beefed up in restive areas.
Witnesses said that a procession was carried out by the supporters of National Conference that marched through roads of Jammu and culminated at Raghunath Bazar. The participants carrying National Conference flags had been demanding the action against the assailants and imposition of Governors rule in the state.
Reports added that Hindus in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Pir Panjal area of Jammu and Kashmir also staged protests amid shutdown against the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims.
Hundreds of people staged a march in old town market and Tehsil chowk in Rajouri to protest against the attack. The protesters raised slogans against what they called failure of the state government to safeguard pilgrims.
Protests were also held at Jawahar Nagar, Salani Bridge chowk, Panja chowk of Rajouri town where protesting youth blocked roads and staged anti government protests.
A major protest was also staged at Sunderbani chowk where protesting people blocked Jammu-Poonch highway and stalled vehicular traffic.
Similarly, people from the minority community also staged a protest in Poonch district.
A partial shutdown was observed in Bhadarwah, Doda Premnagar, Ramban and Kishtwar area of Chenab valley.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed, however government offices and banks functioned normally and traffic was plying on the roads as usual.
The shutdown call was issued by various hindu organizations, including Sanatan Dharam Sabha and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) to express their resentment over the attack that left seven pilgrims dead and 30 injured.
A protest rally was taken out, which after passing through various bazars, culminated at Seri Bazaar Bhadarwah where several leaders, including VHP President Satish Kotwal, Veteran Politician Mast Nath Yogi and others addressed the protesters.
The protesters while raising anti-Pakistan and anti militancy slogans demanded strict action against the culprits involved in the attack.
Internet and broadband services in the region have been suspended as a precautionary measure following the killing of Amarnath pilgrims in the Kashmir Valley, the SSP control room said.
Meanwhile, Muslim Organizations from Jammu expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and termed the attack on Hindu pilgrims a barbaric act. Jammu Muslim Front and Jammu Shia Fraternity in a statement to CNS said that they support the stand of their Hindu brethren. (CNS)
Everyone in Kashmir condemns attack on Amarnath pilgrims
The Kashmir Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (Inc) on Tuesday organized a protest march from Chamber Office to Press enclave in Srinagar to condemn the killings of seven Amarnath pilgrims in last night attack in south Kashmir.
Earlier, an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee of the Chamber was convened, in which innocent killings and blood-shedding of all human beings was condemned in strong words, said a spokesman.
“At the same time it has been noted with concern that such incidents have generally been taking place on specific occasions which tend to send a wrong signal throughout the country about the situation in Kashmir,” he said.
While condemning the attack, the Chamber demanded a time-bound probe in the incident by a Supreme Court judge to expose the perpetrators of such heinous killings.
The chamber made the demand in the wake of contradictory statements made by the Chief Minister and her deputy regarding the attack.
During the protest march, Mohammad Ibrahim Shahdad, former Presidnet President KCC&I said that the chamber has always condemned human killings, irrespective or religion or colour.
The Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) has also condemned the attack on Amaranth pilgrims in south Kashmir.
In a statement, KTMF president Muhammad Yasin Khan who also heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) said it this hour of grief entire Kashmir is with the families of those bereaved.
Reiterating that Kashmir is a land of communal harmony, Khan appealed the people to be united in this hour of grief and not fall prey to communal forces of divide.
Khan also sought extra attention of the government towards the security of Kashmiri Muslims outside the valley.
Strongly condemning the attack on Amarnath Yatris, the incarcerated chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shahon Tuesday said such acts are completely inhuman.
In a statement issued to press, Shah demanded an investigation into the heart-wrenching incident by an impartial probe agency and said Muslims cannot even think about such acts.
Referring to police statement, Shah said it is clear that Yatris were not targets. “Kashmiris are known the world over for their best hospitality regarding Yatris and tourists. We have been upholding the tradition of communal brotherhood since decades.”
“The people of Kashmir have already made it clear to world that they have been upholding all the values of humanity while continuing their struggle for freedom,” Shah said.
Expressing condolence and solidarity with those killed, Shah said, “As humans, we’re equally grieved over the loss of lives and pray for speedy recovery of those injured.”
Senior separatist leader and Anjuman Shari Shian president Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi expressed deep sorrow and grief over the killing of Amarnath pilgrims in an attack in Anantnag and strongly condemned it.
“This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos. The annual Amarnath Yarta has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of our yearly rhythm and will remain so. Our heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and we express our heartfelt condolences to them,” he said.
“The incident is a conspiracy to defame Kashmiris. We demand an impartial inquiry into the killings,” Aga Hasan said.
Minister for Information Technology, Youth Services and Sports and Technical Education, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari has strongly condemned the attack on Amarnathji Yatris at Anantnag in which 7 pilgrims died and several others were injured.
Expressing sympathies with the bereaved families, Ansari said such dastardly acts of violence are handiwork of such elements who are trying to push the state into chaos and create a communal wedge between different communities.
Ansari said we should collectively condemn these dastardly acts which are a crime against humanity and human values. (CNS)
‘North and South pole alliance in shambles: Karan Singh
Member Parliament Dr Karan Singh while reacting on the attack on Amarnath pilgrims has said that Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s well intentioned attempt in the light of the split electoral verdict to bring together what he called the North Pole and the South Pole on the basis of the Agenda of Alliance is in shambles.
“No words are too strong to condemn the dastardly attack on pilgrims to the holy shrine of Shri Amar Nath Ji. It is tragic that attack takes place despite repeated assurances that the entire yatra route had been sanitized and also that intelligence reports had indicated that such attacks were imminent,” Karan Singh said.
“Considering the situation that has developed in the last few months, my personal view is that the next step has to be the immediate imposition of the Governor’s Rule so that the entire security, political and regional situation can be re-visited and after careful consideration, discussions taken as to how to proceed in the future,” he said and appealed people across India to maintain calm and refrain from any action that might further polarize society and promote violence. (CNS)
‘Attack on Amarnath pilgrims barbaric’
Untied Jehad Council expresses sympathies with bereaved families
Linking the Armarnath pilgrim attack to the Indian strategy and policy to defame Kashmir Freedom Struggle and crack down on the supporters of this struggle, conglomerate of local militant outfits, Unite Jehad Council Tuesday while condemning the attack on Hindu pilgrims said they were not expecting India will stoop so low and will target its own people for its vested benefits.
“The attack on Amarnath pilgrims is barbaric and highly condemnable. India fanatic elements want to target many by a single shot. The attack was not only aimed at to malign the Kashmir Freedom Struggle across globe but also to target insecure Kashmiri students and traders present in different parts of India,” UJC Chief Syed Salahuddin said.
“Indian security agencies and its aides will get nothing out of this while whole world knows militants and freedom loving people of Kashmir take it as their responsibility to protect the Hindu pilgrims. Kashmiris are known for hospitality who never discriminate on the lines of colour, religion, sex, creed and caste,” he said.
Syed Salahuddin said that the assailants will get exposed in the same way as they had got exposed in Pandit massacre in Wandhama, Sikh massacre in Chattisingpora and Machhil fake encounter.
The United Jehad Council appealed to global human rights organization to constitute an investigating team and probe the incident thoroughly and fairly. Syed Salahuddin expressed sympathies with the victims of the bereaved families.
LeT condemns attack on Amarnath pilgrims calls it handiwork of Indian agencies
Militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba has vehemently condemned the attack on Amarnath pilgrims calls its barbaric and inhuman.
In a statement to news agency CNS, Lashkar-e-Toiba said that attack on Amarnath pilgrims is highly reprehensible act. “Islam does not allow violence against any faith. We strongly condemn such acts. India wants to sabotage the freedom struggle of Kashmiris, therefore it uses such attacks to fulfill its nefarious agenda,” the outfit said.
The outfit added that at times India uses Hindus of Utar Pardesh to hide its terror face, and when it fails, they use false flag attacks against Amarnath Pilgrims. No Kashmiri has ever targeted any Pilgrim, this barbarity and atrocity is trademark of Indian forces. They have no match when it comes to commit heinous acts against humanity. Ajit Doval is frustrated due to his failed policies, therefore he has turned to such dastardly acts,” the outfit said adding that India wants to pave way for its anti-kashmir policies by using such acts but, it is bound to fail like in past. (CNS)
Majlis Tahfaz-e- Itihaad condemns attack on Amarnath Yatris
Majlis Tahfaz-e- Itihaad convened an important meeting that was presided by senior separatist leader and president Anjuman Shari Shain Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi.
The participants in the meeting condemned the Atipora, Hinjgora Shoolipora incident and was reiterated that nobody will be allowed to harm Shai-Sunni unity. The participants said that vested interest elements try to create a wedge between different sects that will not be allowed at any cost.
It was stressed that all efforts should be made to recover the abducted girl while the abductor will be punished as per Sharia law. A 15 member team was constituted to probe the unfortunate incident.
Majlis Tahfaz-e- Itihaad expressed deep sorrow and grief over the killing of Amarnath pilgrims in an attack in Anantnag and strongly condemned it.
“This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos. The annual Amarnath Yarta has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of our yearly rhythm and will remain so. Our heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and we express our heartfelt condolences to them,” the participants said.
“The incident is a conspiracy to defame Kashmiris. We demand an impartial inquiry into the killings,” Aga Hasan said.
While paying rich and glorious tributes to the martyrs of 13 July 1931, Majlis Tahfaz-e- Itihaad said that the Kashmiri nation will continue their fight “against the occupation of India at any cost and in any way.”
“The martyrs of 13 July sacrificed their precious lives for the Islam and against the forced occupation of Kashmiris and this process is continue till date. In 1947, we although got rid from the autocratic Dogra rule but the short-sighted leadership of that time once again tossed us in the worst kind of slavery but this time we were into the cruel clutches of India,” the participants said adding that the mission of the martyrs of 13 July 1931 is yet to be accomplished and this process of sacrifices will continue till we see the dawn of freedom and till the India is occupying this land.” (CNS)
Killing of Amarnath pilgrims against fundamental principles of humanity, says Amnesty International
Amnesty International India on Tuesdaytermed the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims in Botengoo village of Anantnag as “utter contempt for human life”
Aakar Patel, Executive Director at Amnesty International India, said: “Shooting at a bus carrying ordinary people on a pilgrimage shows utter contempt for human life and the fundamental principles of humanity. Those behind this horrific assault should be found and punished.”
He said that Jammu and Kashmir authorities must protect all civilians and ensure that they are not put in danger, while upholding human rights law and standards.
“They must guard against any attacks, including reprisal attacks, which could lead to more civilian casualties.”