Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday condemned the killing of a policeman in a militant attack in Srinagar, and asserted that terrorism and separatism sponsored by Pakistan would come to an end soon. “We condemn it (the killing of the policeman) in the strongest possible words. This is real face of terrorism, which is thrust upon us by Pakistan. Pakistan has no respect for the auspicious day (of Eid),” Singh told reporters in Jammu. Singh attended a function to pay tributes to Head Constable Krishen Lal, killed in the militant attack on a police bus on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in the Pantha Chowk area.
“While Muslims are praying to God for restoration of peace in Jammu and Kashmir, these people, who are demons, at the behest of Pakistan are killing people and engineering bloodshed,” he said. Singh said, “Krishen Lal has sacrificed his life for the nation. His blood will not go in vain. Definitely the sacrifice will be avenged.”
“We are avenging the killing of every innocent whether it is Lt Umar Fayaz, who sacrificed his life for the nation or other people,” Singh added. Lt Umar Fayaz was abducted and killed by terrorists in May this year. “There will be peace and law & order soon,” said Singh. “Killing people who are coming in the way of the terrorists is not Islam, whose religious leaders doesn’t approve it. They are killing the people in the name of Islam and it is condemnable,” he added.
Singh also warned Pakistan of serious consequences, if it did not stop cross-border firings and attacks on civilians. “Terrorism and separatism in J&K is going to end soon. It is a proxy war, the enemy is not visible. This is why we are very much on alert 24/7,” Singh added. He claimed that separatists were feeling the pressure as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) stepped up its investigation.
Talking to reporters, Inspector General of Police (Jammu) S D Singh Jamwal also condemned Friday’s attack. “I assure you all that we will give befitting reply to all the challenges and our police force will emerge stronger. Pakistan has made a terrorist environment here. We have faced many challenges of this kind for the past 30 years,” Jamwal said.
Singh, Jamwal and National Conference MLA Devinder Singh Rana laid wreath on the mortal remains of Krishen Lal. His mortal remains were later consigned to flames at his native Jajjar Kotli in Jammu.