Condemnations continue to pour in from different sections of the society over the attack on Amarnath yatri’s on Monday evening in which seven yatris, including five women, were killed and 19 others were injured.
Such merciless act sans justification: JeI
Social and religious organization, Jama’at-e-Islami, Tuesday, while asking international community to probe the barbaric act in which seven Yatris were killed, denounced the “dastardly act” of killing seven innocent Amarnath pilgrims and injured twelve others including women folk.
“This is a cowardly act which only frustrated lot can commit. Jama’at expressing deep anguish over this beastly incident calls upon all conscientious people to come forward and ask for an impartial probe in this gruesome act by some international impartial agency to bring forth the truth so that no one gets a chance to defame Islam which is the religion of mercy and humanity in perfect sense,” a statement of Jama’at reads.
This merciless act has no justification in the teachings of Islam. The mysterious circumstances under which this attack took place, speaks volumes about the suspicious role of some unknown elements with the vicious design to defame Kashmiri Muslims, the statement added.
Guilty must be identified, punished: CPI (M)
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday said that the Central Government needs to answer that how despite of intelligence inputs Amarnath terror attack took place.
“We are in strong condemnation for what has happened. Despite good intelligence inputs, why was precautionary measures not taken? The government needs to explain why did this happen despite of intelligence report? This has to be answered by the Central Government,” CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.
He added that the guilty must be identified.
“Now the future security must be beefed up so that such things do not repeat. The last time when same sort of incident happened was in 2000 when we had a BJP-NDA government at the Centre and now again with the same duo such case has come out,” Yechury asserted.
Sangarash Samiti proposes ‘Hartal’
Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS) condemn the inhuman act of un-identified gunmen who killed seven Amaranth Yatries and injured more than a dozen of them. The brutal attack on the religious pilgrims is aimed to create chaos among the minds of minorities living in Kashmir Valley and overall Majority Community living in India that Kashmir is no more a safe for them. Mere condemnation of this act won’t suffice as such, to denounce such acts it should be made clear and louder to those who are hell bent to cause harm to the ethos of humanity, KPSS propose “Hartal” in Kashmir Valley on Wednesday against murderous attack on the Shri Amarnath Yatries at Anantnag killing of eight Amarnath Yatries and injuring nearly fourteen of them by the un-identified gunmen.
Jamwal criticizes govt
Hundreds of activists of team Jammu led by its chairman Zorawar Singh Jamwal Tuesday took out massive protest demonstration against killing of seven Amarnath Yatries in Anantnag area.
Addressing people at different places, Zorawar Singh Jamwal said that attack on Amarnath Yatries has exposed the so-called security arrangements made by the Centre as well as State Government for this year’s Yatra.
Taking a dig at lame excuse shamelessly given by the BJP leaders that targeted bus was not registered with Shri Amarnath Yatra Shrine Board (SASB), Zorawar Singh Jamwal regretted that instead of admitting biggest security lapses, the shameless BJP leadership was trying to befool the people.
He said that it was not the question whether the targeted bus was registered or un-registered the biggest question is total failure of the administration to provide security to the Yatries.
Utter contempt for human life: Amnesty
Amnesty International India on Tuesday termed 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.”
Kashmiris feel deep sense of mourning: Soz
Condemning the killing of Amarnath yatris in a militant attack in Anantnag, senior Congress leader and former union minister Saifuddin Soz said this barbaric act was against the very grain of the Kashmir’s ethos.
“The killing of several Amarnath yatris by militants, the other day at Anantnag, constitutes a heinous crime against humanity. This barbaric act is against the very grain of the Kashmir’s ethos (Kashmiriyat) and I strongly condemn it. In fact, words fail me to express my grief adequately,” he said.
He said Kashmiris feel a deep sense of mourning on the assassination of innocent human beings, including women. “The J&K police have been performing a commendable role under the very trying times and the people of Jammu and Kashmir state genuinely look to this disciplined force for dealing with all kind of violence decisively,” he said and urged the J&K police to rise to the occasion and bring the remorseless and senseless killers to justice immediately.
“My heart goes out to the bereaved families who have suffered the pain of this grievous criminality,” Prof Soz added.
Assault on Kashmiri values, tradition: Hakim Yasin
While strongly condemning the attack on Amarnath ji yatries on Monday, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) President and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin Tuesday said this is an assault on values and traditions of Kashmir.
“Kashmir is known for its communal harmony and has always welcomes the pilgrims with open arms. The attack on pilgrims is an assault on our secular tradations. Words fall short to condemn such a shameful act,” he said.
He expressed heartfelt sympathies with the families of the deceased and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Failure of administration: APSCC
All Parties Sikh Coordination committee (APSCC) has expressed deep shock and anguish over the killings of Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims.
In a statement APSCC said that “Government was aware of the attack as recently govt admitted that input had been received regarding an attack on Yatra. Despite that there was a failure of the administration for not keeping track of the security of visitors
“This incidence goes against the Kashmir ethos and its age old tradition of Kashimiriyat. We all have to rise against this scourge of violence against any religion and religious events.” said Jagmohan Singh Raina, chairman, APSCC
KTMF expresses sympathies
The Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation headed by Muhammad Yasin Khan has condemned the attack on Amaranth Yatris in Batengoo Islamabad.
In a statement, Khan who also heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) said in this hour of grief entire Kashmir is with the families of the 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 Kashmiris Muslims outside Kashmir.
Anantnag attack a gruesome act: Nayeem Khan
Jammu Kashmir National Front chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan Tuesday expressed deep sorrow and grief over the killing of Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag and termed it ‘an inhuman act’.
In a statement issued here, Khan said that whole Kashmiri nation is mourning and condemning the gruesome act and people irrespective of party lines are in a state of shock but unfortunately Indian media cannot acknowledge the peoples resentment at this crucial stage.
While condemning the gruesome act, Khan stressed for an impartial probe of the attack and said that “such incidents are blot on the face of humanity and no sane human being can remain without condemning such inhuman acts whether they take place in Kashmir or elsewhere in the world.”
Khan said that Amarnath yatra has been made a volatile affair by New Delhi by giving it a security hype hence endangering the lives of yatris otherwise it was a normal annual affair in the Valley and locals would love to provide every sort of support for it.
Khan condoled the deaths and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. He also prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.
Attack on Yatris highly condemnable: Wani
While expressing deep sorrow and sympathies with the bereaved families and injured persons of Amarnath pilgrims attacked at Batengoo Anantnag, the Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) President, Abdul Qayoom Wani Tuesady said that such acts are highly condemnable.
In a statement issued here, Wani said that any person with a human heart can feel the pain.
Wani said that “a thorough independent probe should be conducted in the whole episode.”
He said that “such acts have no place in a civilized society and are against the cultural ethos of the state.”
Wani expressed heartfelt condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for the early recovery of the injured.
We stand against civilian killings: Kashmir Civil Society
Civil Society of Kashmir Tuesday held a peaceful protest in Srinagar’s Partap Park here against the attack on Amarnath Pilgrims which resulting in the death of 7 people.
Members from different walks of the life carrying placards in their hands joined the peaceful protest said that we urges the Government to take all possible steps and conduct an independent probe into the incident that occurred on Monday evening.
Noted Human Rights activist and member Civil Society, Khurram Pervaiz, who was part of the peaceful protest said, “Civil Society of Kashmir is totally against the killing of civilians; we are commending the unfortunately incident.’
“Civil Society of Kashmir has time and again raised their voice against such civilian killings since 1990’s,” he said, adding that such things cannot be tolerated