Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Jammu and Kashmir BJP demands NIA probe

Security forces have launched a massive hunt for Pakistani national and Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Ismail who has emerged as the mastermind of the deadly terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, a senior police official said July 12.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the last major attack on Amarnath pilgrims occurred in 2000, when gunmen killed 30 people in the Pahalgam area, including local porters carrying pilgrim's baggage up the mountain path. "That's of great concern to us", the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference.

"We are too anxious about the United Nations will say and the sanctions that our allies will impose", this person added.

"This was an unconscionable attack on innocent pilgrims exercising their most fundamental and basic rights to freedom of religion", said Hindu American Foundation (HAF) board member Rajiv Pandit.

"The terrorist attack on Amarnath Pilgrims is outrageous", wrote Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18 District).

As many as 22,633 devotees embarked on the pilgrimage on Tuesday amid heightened security measures even as the attack was condemned by one and all, right from Amnesty International and SAARC nations to all parties cutting across political lines. "My thoughts and prayers are with you", he said.

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German Ambassador Martin Ney in his message said he strongly condemned the terrorist attack on behalf of his government.

Soon after the attack, the United States and US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires MaryKay Carlsonstrongly condemned the attack and said that the country is aginst all acts of terrorism.

Singh hailed the people of Kashmir for unanimously condemning the attack and asserted that the yatra would continue uninterrupted despite the terror attack. The attack left 7 Pilgrims dead and many injured. "Prayers for the families of those killed".

"As the G20 leaders just reaffirmed in Hamburg, we are resolved to tackle terrorism as a common challenge to the global community", he said.

Chandrakant Patel, immediate past president, said "the Indian Diaspora condemns this cowardly and monstrous attack on the peaceful pilgrims by Pakistan directed terrorists".

  • Megan Austin