Rajnath condemns terror attack,
but says “Kashmiriyat is still alive”
Srinagar, July 11
Convening an emergency security meeting against the backdrop of militant attack on yatra bus that left seven pilgrims dead and 19 others wounded last night, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra has directed officials to hold review meetings twice in a day from today.
An official spokesman said here this afternoon that after a midnight review meeting last night, Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), convened an emergency Yatra Security Review Meeting today at which all security aspects of the Yatra shall be reviewed. Unless weather disturbance delays his timely arrival from Delhi, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, may also join this important meeting or meet the Governor later in the day, he said.
Vohra held a mid-night meeting to review the course of the Yatra. It was decided that the pilgrimage shall continue without any diminution whatsoever and this decision was conveyed to all Camp Directors and to the Yatri Niwas, Jammu, from where pilgrims leave for the Valley in a convoy every morning.
Today morning, the Governor held a meeting with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SASB Umang Narula, CEO and other senior officers of the Shrine Board, to monitor the pace of today’s pilgrimage.
It was reported to him that 3289 pilgrims had left Jammu at 0300 hrs in the morning for Pahalgam and Baltal Yatra base camps. Similarly by 1030 hrs today, 18,838 pilgrims had left for the Holy Cave Shrine from Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Panjtarni and Baltal Yatra Camps.
He said 5556 pilgrims who left Chandanwari this morning would need to halt en-route and reach the shrine the next day. The heli-services from Pahalgam and Neelgrath are operating normally as the weather is clear.
Governor directed CEO to ensure that, with effect from today, twice a day review meetings are held.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today lauded the people of Jammu and Kashmir for unequivocally condemning the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims and this shows “Kashmiriyat is still alive”.
“The attack on Amarnath Yatris is a cowardly act of terror. Heartening to see the whole nation stand united against terrorism,” said Mr Singh, who earlier in the day held a high-level review meeting top Home Ministry officials and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval
“The people of Kashmir have strongly condemned the terror attack on Amarnath yatris. It shows the spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive,” the Home Minister said.
NSA Doval also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the deliberations between top echelons of the
Home Ministry and senior officials of the intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said all steps should be be taken to ensure there are no more terror attacks on Amarnath pilgrims.
“All steps will be taken to ensure that such an incident (terror attack) does not happen again,” he said.
Seven pilgrims, including six women, were killed last night when terrorists attacked their bus in the Anantnag district.