LeT Operative Led The Attack On Amarnath Yatris in Kashmir; 8 Dead and 19 Injured

A Lashkar operative is reported to have led Monday night’s attack on Amarnath yatris, leaving eight dead. Undeterred, 3,289 yatris left Jammu on Tuesday morning for their yatra to Amarnath Caves.
LeT Operative Led The Attack On Amarnath Yatris in Kashmir; 8 Dead and 19 Injured

New Delhi: A Lashkar-e-Taiba operative from Pakistan, Ismail, is said to have led the Monday night’s attack on Amarnath yatris, in which eight of the pilgrims have died and 19 have been injured. Bodies of the dead and those injured have been airlifted to New Delhi from the Army Base Hospital in Srinagar.

However, undeterred by the attack, 3,289 yatris have left Jammu for Baltala and Pahalgam under tight security on Tuesday morning. A bandh has been called in Jammu following the attack.

Monday’s victims were travelling in a bus to Srinagar when the incident took place at Botengo village near Anantnag district on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at 8.10 pm. The bus came to a halt when it approached a jeep, which was under attack by the militants. Its occupants too thus came under attack.

Internet services in the valley have been blocked following the incident.

Just two day ago, on Saturday, the Amarnath Yatra was suspended from Jammu side due to law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley in the wake of the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani.

Condemning the ‘dastardly’ attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was pained beyond words and offered all possible help to the State Government. “India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and evil designs of hate,” he tweeted. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who described the attack as an assault on India’s values and traditions, hoped the attackers will be arrested and punished.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has chaired a high-level meeting on the attack and the situation in Kashmir. According to reports, NSA and chiefs of all security and intelligence agencies participated in the meeting. Meanwhile, CRPF DG RR Bhatnagar has rushed to Srinagar on instructions of Rajnath Singh.

Besides, J&K Governor and chairman Amarnath Shrine Board NN Vohra has also called for a high-level security meeting at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.

Asaduddin Condemns Militant Attack On Amarnath Yatris:

AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, has condemned the militant attack on the Amarnath yatris. He asserted that the nefarious designs of militants will never be allowed to succeed.

“Whether it be Lashkar or ISIS, we will never let them have an upper hand. The whole country will be united in this,” he pointed out.

After 2000, this is the most severe attack on the Amarnath yatris. Describing the militant act as dastardly, he, however, said the government will have to answer to certain questions regarding the attack.

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భారత్ ను చిటికెలో జయిస్తాం

  • మసూద్ అజర్ ప్రగల్భాలు
  • విద్వేష విషం చిమ్మిన ఉగ్రసర్పం
  • భారత్ కన్నా అమెరికా మన బద్ధవిరోధి అన్న హఫీజ్ సయీద్

న్యూ ఢిల్లీ: హఫీజ్ సయీద్…మసూద్ అజర్… భారత్ కు సంబంధించి మోస్ట్ వాంటెడ్ నేరస్తుల జాబితాలో అగ్రస్థానంలో ఉన్న రెండు పేర్లు. వీరిద్ధరూ కరడుగట్టిన ఉగ్రవాద నేతలు. ఒకరు, 2008 ముంబై దాడులకు పథక రచన చేసిన లష్కరే తోయిబా నాయకుడు. ఇంకొకరు జైషే మహమ్మద్ అధినేత.  భారత్ వ్యతిరేకంగా విషం చిమ్మడంలో ఇద్దరికిద్దరే. అయితే ఇప్పుడూ ఈ ఇద్దరూ భారత్ పట్ల వైఖరి గురించి భిన్న అభిప్రాయాలను వ్యక్తం చేసినట్టు వార్తా సంస్థల భోగట్టా.

ది ఇండియన్ ఎక్స్ ప్రెస్ ప్రచురించిన కథనం ప్రకారం, భారత్ పై మరింతగా జిహాదీ దాడులు కొనసాగించాలని తన సంస్థకు చెందిన ఒక పత్రికలో ఒక వీక్లీ కాలమ్ రాస్తూ మసూద్ అజర్ పిలుపునిచ్చాడు. కాశ్మీర్ ను చేజిక్కించుకోడానికి ఇదే చారిత్రక అవకాశమని డంబాలు పలికాడు. పాకిస్తాన్ కనక నిర్ణయాత్మకంగా వ్యవహరించకపోతే ఈ అవకాశం చేజారిపోతుందన్నాడు. పాకిస్తాన్ ప్రభుత్వం కాస్త ధైర్యం తెచ్చుకుంటే, కాశ్మీర్ సమస్యే కాదు, జల వివాదం కూడా ఇప్పటికిప్పుడు శాశ్వతంగా పరిష్కారమైపోతాయని-అవేవో చిటికె వేసినంత తేలికన్నట్టు వదిరాడు. ప్రభుత్వం చేయాల్సిందల్లా కేవలం ముజాహిదీన్ కు మార్గం విడిచిపెట్టడమే ననీ, అల్లా దయదలిస్తే 1971 (బంగ్లాదేశ్ అవతరణ) నాటి చేదు జ్ఞాపకాలు కాస్తా 2016 విజయోత్సాహంలో కొట్టుకుపోతాయన్నాడు.

 కాశ్మీర్ లో మనం సాగిస్తూ వచ్చిన జిహాదీ చర్యలవల్ల భారత్ సైనిక సామర్థ్యం దెబ్బతిని పోయిందనీ, పాము అనుకున్న భారత్ కాస్తా వానపాము స్థాయికి దిగజారిపోయిందనీ, పఠాన్ కోట్, ఉరీ లపై జరిగిన దాడులే భారత్ సైనిక సామర్థ్యం ఏపాటిదో వెల్లడించాయనీ- ఇష్టమొచ్చినట్టు నోరు పారేసుకున్నాడు. 90 దశకం నుంచీ పాక్ అనుసరిస్తున్న భారత్ విధానం ఆ దేశం కోరలు తీసెసిందనీ, అఖండ భారత్ నినాదం నుంచి అది వైదొలగిందనీ అన్నాడు. సార్క్ సమావేశాన్ని పాకిస్తానే రద్దు చేసి ఉంటే బాగుండే దన్నాడు.

హఫీజ్ సయీద్ మాత్రం దీనికి భిన్నమైన స్వరం వినిపించాడు. పాకిస్తాన్ కు అతి పెద్ద విరోధి అమెరికా అంటూ, ఆ దేశంతో కన్నా భారత్ తో సంబంధాలను పెంపొందించుకుంటే మంచిదని ప్రభుత్వానికి సలహా ఇచ్చాడు. అయితే అమెరికా ఆ ప్రయత్నాన్ని అడ్డు కుంటుందని ఇండియా టుడే ప్రచురించిన ఒక కథనంలో అన్నాడు. మిలిటెంట్ నేత బుర్హాన్ వాలీని హతమార్చినప్పటినుంచీ అట్టుడుకుతున్న కాశ్మీర్ విషయంలో పాక్ ప్రభుత్వం అనుసరిస్తున్న విధానాన్ని విమర్శించాడు. కాశ్మీరీలు ప్రాణాలు పోగొట్టుకుంటున్నారనీ సమస్యల్లా పాకిస్తాన్ లో పార్లమెంటులో కూర్చున్నవాళ్లతోనే ననీ, అమెరికా దయా దాక్షిణ్యాలకోసం అంగలార్చే పాక్ ప్రజాప్రతినుధులే  అసలు అడ్డంకి అనీ ఎత్తిపొడిచాడు. పాక్ సైన్యం భారత్ వ్యతిరేక ఉగ్రచర్యలకు మద్దతు ఇస్తుండడంపై దానికీ, పౌర ప్రభుత్వానికీ మధ్య ఘర్షణ ముమ్మరమైనట్టు వార్తలు వచ్చిన నేపథ్యంలో మసూద్ అజర్, హఫీజ్ సయీద్ ల వ్యాఖ్యలు ప్రాధాన్యం సంతరించుకుంటున్నాయి.

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Sushma Flays Pakistan

  • Reiterates Kashmir Integral Part of India

New York: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj flayed Pakistan for exporting terrorism. Addressing the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday here, Sushma slammed Pakistan as a terrorist haven. She said India has always been getting terrorism in exchange of friendly gestures.

The External Affairs Minister has reiterated, in response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the UNGA, that Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will forever remain so. She said the Pakistani dream of snatching away Kashmir from India can never be realised. Pakistan which is trying to highlight human rights violations in Kashmir has been perpetrating brutalities in Balochistan, she said. Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Bahadur Ali is a living example if Pakistan’s cross border terrorism. She reminded the international community that terrorism is the biggest violation of human rights.

Responding to Sharif’s allegation that India was posing unreasonable conditions for talks, Sushma said, ‘We took the initiatives to resolve the issues not on the basis of conditions, but on the basis of friendship’. Pakistan has been in a denial mode even after producing strong, impeccable evidence to prove the acts of terrorism.

Emphasising the need to implement the Comprehensive Convention in International Terrorism, the External Affairs Minister said the General Assembly should act with fresh resolve and urgency to adopt the convention to develop norms to prosecute and punish the perpetrators of terrorism.

Sushma’s speech was considered by experts in international relations as forceful, well crafted and excellent. Only one fourth of her total time was spent on rebutting Nawaz Sharif’s charges while Sharif had spent two thirds of his speech to attack India. The majority of the experts opined that Sushma’s was a balanced speech. Some experts, however, said the minister could have been more vehement in her criticism. She should have told the GA that India was running out of options and it might be forced to act if there is no change in Pakistan’s attitude, they said. She was addressing both the UN General Assembly as well as the people back home. There is no point in wailing and lamenting that Pakistan has not been cooperating in establishing peace, the experts remarked.

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Does Pakistan admit its guilt?

S Madhusudhana Rao

For the head of an investigation agency, confession is a rare act. And, to tell his government what had happened was wrong and remedial measures should be taken to right it needs certain amount of moral courage and conviction, that too in a country that has been hostile to India since its birth in 1947.

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S Madhusudhana Rao

The Pakistani head of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) that probed the 2008 Mumbai carnage linked to Pak militants has admitted that the attack was launched from his country’s soil. Tariq Khosa’s candid confession linking Mumbai mayhem to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in an article he wrote in Dawn newspaper is the first ever admission made by any Pak official.

Khosa is retired now, but his graphic details of how LeT led the attack on the commercial capital of India on November 26, 2008 confirm the stand India has taken and rejects official Pak stance on Mumbai havoc. Year after year, Islamabad has been demanding more evidence to arrest and prosecute those who were involved in planning and launching one of the worst terrorist attacks on this country despite Delhi giving voluminous data implicating top LeT militants.

Since 2009, Indian authorities have started sharing intelligence info and investigation reports with Pak authorities on Mumbai attacks in an effort to bring the culprits to book. Even the US and Britain have given Pakistan tapes of intercepted communication messages between the attackers and their handlers directing them from a Karachi control room.

 The lone survivor among the attackers, Ajmal Kasab, who was captured alive and hanged in 2012 after trial, had given Indian investigators valuable data on the entire operation. His confessions as well as intercepts of mobile conversations between Pak militants and their masters and the funding of the massacre had been given to the Pak government from time to time in the form of dossiers.

Ten terrorists are said to have been behind the covert operation and seven of them are main suspects. But none of them has ever faced any serious investigation because Pakistan maintains that there is no ‘solid’ evidence to try them on the charges India has leveled against the suspects. Obviously, their ‘immunity’ from judicial proceedings stems from the fact that the Pak government, its Army and its powerful spy arm ISI have their blessings and interests in protecting the terrorists.

In the beginning, when India started furnishing evidence and the global community began putting immense pressure on Pakistan, it made a show of acting on the available proof; but as the time passed it has quietly watered down the investigation parroting the oft-repeated statement, “India has not given enough evidence” against the accused, knowing well that India has nothing more to share with Pakistan. We know its stand is illogical but that’s how that country has been foxing us and the world.

The case of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the 26/11 mastermind and one of the seven accused, is nothing but a mockery of judicial system. The way he was arrested and freed on bail several times shows Pakistan’s lackadaisical approach to punish Mumbai carnage perpetrators. Lakhvi is a right hand man of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, whose anti-India rant is well known. He is known to enjoy the patronage of Army and ISI.

Ironically, Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency itself said several times that it had provided all the proof needed by the special court trying the Mumbai attack suspects. But if Islamabad believes that the evidence submitted to it is not enough to convict Lakhvi and others, we can’t expect any justice or cooperation from the Pakistani side in the 26/11 trial of those involved.

“Pakistan has to deal with the fallout of the attacks and this will require facing the truth and admitting mistakes,” Khosa said without mincing words in his Dawn article.

And, what he said buttresses Indian arguments and vindicates our stand. Among the key points he mentioned:

Investigators had identified the camp where the LeT terrorists were trained and launched by sea; they also identified and recovered the casings of explosive devices used in Mumbai attacks from a camp near Thatta in Sind province.

  • The fishing trawler used by the attackers for hijacking an Indian trawler, in which they sailed to Mumbai, was brought back to a Pakistani harbour, painted and hidden. But it was recovered
  • The fact that Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani national was confirmed.
  • The engine of the dinghy abandoned by the terrorists near Mumbai harbour was bought by militants in a Karachi sports shop along with the dinghy.
  • The “ops room” in Karachi was identified and communications through voice over internet protocol (VoIP) were unearthed.
  • The trial of the seven men charged for the attacks had “lingered on for far too long” and Pakistan must ensure the “perpetrators and masterminds…are brought to justice”.
  • “Dilatory tactics by the defendants, frequent change of trial judges, and assassination of the case prosecutor as well as retracting from original testimony by some key witnesses” had been serious setbacks for Pakistani prosecutors.
  • The slow progress of the trial of seven key suspects, including LeT chief Lakhvi, and his release on bail have emerged as key irritants in Indo-Pak ties.

Now, in the light of Tariq Khosa’s revelations, will the Pak government stop bluffing India and start acting on the proof given by its own investigating agency and Indian authorities and do justice to the victims of Mumbai attacks?

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