Pakistani English dailies largely silent on Amarnath yatra terror attack

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"In view of the terrorist attack at Anantnag on pilgrims and security forces during the Amarnath yatra, it is advised that proper anti-terror arrangements should be put in place at all vital installations in the city", said Pramod Kuswah, DCP (Special Cell).

The terror attack killing seven Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag on Monday evening has sent shock waves across India. "These were civilians, they were killed as they were exercising their right to worship, and that is in large part what makes it reprehensible".

The attack breaks an unspoken code of not harming the pilgrims, and, therefore, the state's tourism-dependant economy, and is a signal that Pakistan is upping the ante, added Gurmeet Kanwal, defence expert at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis.

Singh also said the civil society in Kashmir and the security forces have to cooperate with each other so that the situation gets better.

Although the investigation of Monday's terrorist attack is still in its initial stage, the police say that they have intercepted information that proves Lashkar's involvement.

"We deplore the attack on #Amarnath pilgrims & condemn all acts of terrorism". Starting from late June this year nearly 100,000 have already completed their pilgrimage to Amarnath that will last till August end. Before that at around 8:30 pm terrorists started firing at a police vehicle which was stationed at a security check-post.

"This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos", Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammed Yasin Malik said in a joint statement in Srinagar, the main city of the Indian portion of Kashmir.

Mehbooba said she is short of words to describe the attack on the innocent pilgrims who had come to fulfill their religious obligations. One of the victim revealed that there has been a shower of bullets and they hid behind the seats to protect from the terrorists.

"I am pained at the loss of lives of Amarnath pilgrims".

On July 20, 2001, 13 people were killed in Amarnath as a militant hurdled two grenades and later opened fire at the pilgrims near Sheshnag, one of the highest stops on the way to Amarnath cave, reports said.

An Indian Airforce aircraft carrying the dead bodies of Amarnath Yatra terror attack landed at Surat airport.

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