Reacting strongly against the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore, as a result of which eight para-military personnel were killed, Home Minister Rajnath Singh accused Pakistan of trying to destabilise India.
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Recalling his “standing orders” after the killing of five Indians by Pakistani Rangers in the border area one-and-a-half years ago, the home minister said:
“I want to praise the bravery of our security men. I salute their courage. Terrorists attacked them (security men) deceitfully. But our security men killed those two terrorists successfully,” he said addressing a function in Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab.
Singh also said that said India will win against terrorism.
Senior police and CRPF officers carry the bodies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel after a wreath laying ceremony at Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar on June 26 indianexpress
He also said a three-member team of Home Ministry officials will look into possible lapses which may have led to the incident.
The team will look into the possible increase of cross border Infiltration and practices being followed during the movement of paramilitary forces convoy in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to K. Durga Prasad, Director-General, Central Reserve Police Force, it took only 30 seconds to kill eight personnel and injure 22 others – the worst in the last three years.
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Prasad said the force had phone intercepts about an attack on security forces. “They did not mention Army, BSF or CRPF. Security waalon par hamla karna hai,” he said. The terrorists were dressed in black trousers and shirts and were dropped off near the CRPF bus by two other “local militants” who drove off in a car.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said the Pampore attack was a mark of “frustration”.
He, however, expressed doubt if the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was followed properly by the bus-borne CRPF personnel at Pampore. He said the clear picture will emerge after the inquiry.
Meanwhile, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit has shrugged off the question on the attack, and said it is better to focus on the Iftaar Party that was going on in the Pakistan High Commission.
Pakistani High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit, Kashmiri Muslim leader from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Aga Syed Hassan (2nd L) and Samajwadi party MP Javed Ali Khan (R) during an Iftar at Pak High commission in New Delhi indianexpress
“It’s the month of Ramzaan, let’s focus on this Iftaar party… The issue of Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed issue between India and Pakistan. We hope we will sit and discuss on the issue and find a solution,” the High Commissioner said. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incident and paid tributes to the deceased CRPF personnel, said the people of the state were the “worst sufferers” of such attacks as these deprive them of development and employment.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pays tribute to slain CRPF personnel at a wreath laying ceremony on Sunday rediff
Observing that such attacks “defame” the state, she highlighted that the strike had been carried out during Ramzan, the holy month when “people should be seeking forgiveness and expiation for past sins” and “making sure not to hurt others.”
Strongly condemning the militants, Mehbooba said,”They not only defame the state but I think they also bring discredit to the religion behind which they take shelter to perpetrate such acts.”