Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Trump condemns terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims

Trump condemns terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims

"The United States strongly condemns the cowardly terrorist attack on religious pilgrims in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on July 10".

The latest attack came hours after a curfew and social-media ban was lifted in the Kashmir Valley after restrictions were imposed in anticipation of a possible attack to mark the death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen's Burhan Wani.

"The attack is reprehensible and must be condemned", said Congressman Will Hurd.

Escorted by CRPF and police personnel, 3,289 pilgrims, comprising 2,283 men, 756 women and 250 sadhus and sadhvis, left in 68 vehicles in a convoy from Jammu for Baltal and Pahalgam base camps on Tuesday morning, officials said.

The number of security personnel killed in terrorist violence has almost doubled from 51 in the year preceding Wani's death to 98 in the following year, according to an analysis of data compiled by SATP.

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Asked about the situation at the borders with China, Singh said India is today much different and much better equipped to meet any challenge than it was in 1962. Opponents of Indian rule in Kashmir accuse Hindu-majority India of using the pilgrimage as a political statement to bolster its claim to the disputed region.

Meanwhile, it is also time for the government to tap into the growing disillusionment with Pakistan among ordinary Kashmiris, the former government official added. "We extend condolences to the victims' families and the people of India". "They are capable of making their own judgements". An attack on religious freedom is an attack on the most fundamental right of liberty.

"I hope that reality would dawn on every section of people about the futility of violence and acrimony to resolve the outstanding political issues".

"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. "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. "All Kashmiris are not terrorists".

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