Pakistani English dailies largely silent on Amarnath yatra terror attack

Amarnath yatra terror attack: Seven pilgrims, including five women, were killed when militants attacked a bus carrying 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. The bus, that had a Gujarat registration plate, was going from Baltal to Jammu.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 12, 2017 3:08 pm
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Most of the Pakistani English-language newspapers were silent on the terror attack on pilgrims returning from the Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. While some news websites carried Reuters and AFP copies, the newspapers themselves did not find space for the story.

Seven pilgrims, including five women, were killed when militants attacked a bus carrying 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. The bus, that had a Gujarat registration plate, was going from Baltal to Jammu.

“The yatris were esteemed guests of Kashmir and the perpetrators have dealt a death blow to the ethos and culture of the state,” said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. “It is a gruesome attack, not only on unsuspecting guests, but a brazen attack on Kashmir and Kashmiriyat… All of us shall have to rise against this scourge of violence, the sooner the better,” she said.

Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Mohammed Ismail alias Abu Ismail is the alleged mastermind behind the attack and is being hunted by the security agencies. Police said the suspect is a mid-level Lashkar operative who is known to have been active in south Kashmir over the last one year. They also said the Amarnath attack could be a revenge taken by the terrorist group after the arrest of LeT operative Sandeep Kumar Sharma last week.

While the website of Dawn carried an AFP story on the Amarnath attack, the newspaper itself was unusually silent on the same.

The Nation was the only newspaper that carried a small snippet on the attack on page 12 alongside other news from Jammu and Kashmir.

Both The News International and The Express Tribune, two prominent newspapers in Pakistan, did not have any reports on the Kashmir attack in its Tuesday editions. However, the story did find a place on the websites of both newspapers. While the Kashmir attack did not find a place in these newspapers, there were stories on Indian man opening a plane door mid-air and alleged beef-testing kits being used in Mumbai.

The newspapers also did not have any editorials or opinion articles on the attack.

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  1. R
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:12 am
    These dailies only want to show news of Mohamed followers being victims and never the killers- which they most of the time are.
    1. S
      Jul 13, 2017 at 12:20 am
      Pakis already know about it. After all it is they who have indulged in terror in India.
      1. A
        A Samal
        Jul 12, 2017 at 9:44 pm
        Yes the Dawn did publish a very small version of the story in their after about 16-17 hours since the incident took place. It's not strange that the same newspaper almost simultaneously (as was done by some Indian Newspapers in their web versions) published the news of a Muslim Senior Citizen being harassed in Delhi Metro some days back on its front page, without of course mentioning later that the culprits had been arrested also. I think sensible Muslims should shun the concepts of KAFIRs, JIHAD etc., the way a large number of Muslim population all over the world interprets these. The earlier the utilitarian Muslims, in general, and Muslim clerics, in particular, come up with crystal clear explanation of KAFIRs, JIHAD etc., the better it is for them as well as for the humanity as a whole. Killing of innocent people, irrespective of the religion they belong to, can’t be a holy act.
        1. L
          Jul 12, 2017 at 8:47 pm
          I first got the news yesterday from Dawn news so not sure what Indians expect Pakistan media to report. I will say it's a sad event to see innocent people being killed like this UNLIKE most Indians posting really nasty comments about the recent oil tanker tragedy in Pakistan and practically celebrating the deaths of all the people.
          1. U
            Jul 13, 2017 at 1:58 am
            You Muslim Terrorist P-akistanis celebrated Mubbai bombings, burning etc
          2. R
            Jul 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm
            It is strange. Even dawn and other newspaper like the nation has not mentioned it. These papers report even a small incident in kashmir.
            1. P
              Jul 12, 2017 at 8:27 pm
              Sad but Nothing Strange . Why we need sympathy from them . This itself is strange .
            2. I
              Jul 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm
              Learn from them. They are united. In the dirty politics of opposing ruling party the corrupt media only accuses and vilifies our own people. Por kis media is united. Why you can not be ? This is why our nation is having trouble on major issues including kashmir
              1. A
                Jul 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm
                1. It is futile to expect anything rational and positive from media in Pakistan as regards terrorism related happenings in our country. Let us not forget that currently many terror groups like LeT, JeM and Pakistani Taliban operate freely in Pakistan and good many of them do so because ISI, the intelligence wing of the Pakistani Army, provides immunity to such terror groups and even provides arms and finance. They are supposed to provide training to so-called Jehadis for killing our Army/police personnel. 2. Though Pakistan may claim that ISI’s actions are to protect interests of Pakistan, is it not true that their adverse impact is felt in the form of growing terrorism in India and many European countries?
                1. S
                  Jul 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm
                  Naturally, kaffirs were killed. And the coas - that sicko - gave orders not to highlight same. And you still find Indian sickulars supporting this land.
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