We are in last phase of militancy: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh after Amarnath terror attack

The attack has been strongly condemned from all quarters. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that the "spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive" since "the cowardly act of terror" was condemned by all.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2017 12:41 pm
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After seven Amarnath yatris lost their lives in Monday’s terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the pilgrims remained “unfazed and enthusiastic,” reported news agency ANI.  Early Wednesday, the largest batch of Amarnath yatris left for Pahalgam and Baltal amid security. “The Government and state government are serious about the incidents that are happening. We met the Governor and the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chief Minister has handled the situation well. All injured have been sent to their respective homes. We will review the security arrangement. We will overcome the security lapses,” he added.

Ahir also said the government will review the security situation in the state and plug loopholes if any. “Suraksha ki sameeksha karenge, chuuk huyi to duur karenge ,” the MoS said while addressing a press conference in Srinagar along with MoS for PMO Jitendra Singh. The two had met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor N N Vohra on Tuesday to discuss security and better medical treatment of victims. “Militancy is going to outlive its life soon, we are in the last phase of militancy,” he said.

Singh also congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their “resilience” in the past 25 years. “Anything that happens in Kashmir finds echo across the country. People of the Valley want the guilty to be punished. We are here on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express our solidarity. The common youth of Kashmir is keen to be a part of the development journey led by Prime Minister Modi,” he added.

Following Monday’s attack, Opposition parties raised questions over security arrangements. Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept responsibility. “This is a grave and unacceptable security lapse. The PM needs to accept responsibility and never allow it to happen again,” he had said. Survivors also claimed that militants were wearing police uniforms. “They were wearing police uniforms. So we were wondering as to why the police were firing on us,” said a 50-year-old pilgrim.

Following Monday’s attack, Opposition parties have raised questions over security arrangements. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept the responsibility for the attack. “This is a grave and unacceptable security lapse. The PM needs to accept responsibility and never allow it to happen again,” he had said. Survivors also claimed that militants were wearing police uniforms. “They were wearing police uniforms. So we were wondering as to why the police were firing on us,” said a 50-year-old pilgrim.

Survivors have claimed that militants were wearing police uniforms. “They were wearing police uniforms. So we were wondering why were the police firing on us,” said a 50-year-old pilgrim.

The attack has elicited strong condemnation from all quarters. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the “spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive” since “the cowardly act of terror” was condemned by all. “All Kashmiris are not terrorists,” he wrote on Twitter while responding to a tweet that questioned the idea of Kashmiriyat. Jitendra Singh reiterated the Home Minister’s statement on Wednesday and said: “Home Minister Rajnath ji is absolutely right, every Kashmiri is not a terrorist. We should not look at this as a Kashmir vs rest of India issue. It’s not the popular sentiment,” he added.

Meanwhile, a united Opposition blamed the Centre for its “failure” to prevent the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

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