Amarnath Yatra Attack: Opposition Parties Ask Centre To Check Alleged Intelligence Failure

Marsha Scott
July 12, 2017

The courage and presence of mind of the Muslim driver from Gujarat who kept driving the Amarnath pilgrim bus even after it was attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir helped save many lives. Expressing deep shock over the killings, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, "Yatris were esteemed guests of Kashmir and perpetrators of this crime have done a death blow to the ethos and culture of the state".

Security personnel have since said the target of the terror attack had been a police party and that the bus carrying the yatris had got caught in the crossfire.

The sit-in was organised at at Pratap Park in Lal Chowk area of the city.

The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir state said the attack was a "blot on all Muslims and Kashmiris".

The victims had been on a pilgrimage through the Himalayan valley, a long-disputed region on the border between India and Pakistan, returning after paying their respects at a Hindu shrine in Amarnath cave. However, the SHRC is yet to admit his petition. And seven people died today.

"God gave me strength to save their lives".

"When I entered the bus, the firing began from both sides. We strongly condemn such acts", he said. No terror group right now has taken the responsibility of the attack but the Kashmir police is speculating it a work of Lashkar-e-Taiba with the mastermind of Abu Ismail, a Pakistani terrorist involved in it. This raises doubts whether the bus was in compliance of rules by plying at 8.20 pm when the terror attack took place.

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Kashmir leadership including Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Mir Waiz Umar Farooq condemned attack and called it sad and unfortunate incident.

A militant group Tuesday denied their involvement in the killing of seven Hindu pilgrims in south Kashmir.

Pavel Dorokhin, Member of State Duma and Deputy Chairman of India- Russia Inter-Parliamentary Commission said in a statement, "Russia stands united against terrorism and terrorism can not be justified".

"The annual Amarnath Yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of our yearly rhythm and will remain so", they said in a joint statement. I ducked sideways to escape the bullets and drove ahead.

"They first fired from the front with the intention to eliminate the driver".

The driver, Sheikh Salim Ghafoor Bhai, could not care much about the terrorists' firing and continued to drive his bus to a safer place.

About 150,000 pilgrims have already completed the journey to Amarnath and tens of thousands more are expected to do so by the time it ends in late August.

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