Rajnath Singh rebuts online troll, says 'all Kashmiris are not terrorists'

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Rajnath Singh rebuts online troll, says 'all Kashmiris are not terrorists'

"It is highly commendable that despite being subject to severe state brutalization and unprecedented repression for decades, and hatred promoted against them through Indian electronic media, the people of Kashmir have retained their humanitarian values and their belief in the great Kashmir ethos is intact", the leaders, who since July 8 past year, are leading protests in the Valley, said.

Over the past 18 years, at least 52 Amarnath pilgrims have been killed in five terrorist attacks.

They also added a statement "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those people and to their families as well. This is something which was perhaps not very visible for quite some time", said Singh.

"The government of Nepal strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the bus carrying pilgrims from Amarnath in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Anantnag District that resulted in the loss of lives of seven innocent yatris and injury to others".

But why now? An expert said that the attack is aimed at humiliating the central government and, by extension, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Jammu and Kashmir. The deadliest attack was mounted by LeT terrorists on August 1, 2000.

He also asserted that the government would "take a lesson" from the terror attack.

"The civil society can not survive without the security forces as are the circumstances today. We have to leave it to the wisdom of the security forces and experts, instead of jumping into conclusions and no political functionary, however highly placed, enjoys the prerogative to sit on judgement on security-related matters", said Singh.

The Gujarati pilgrims stayed in Srinagar for two days as tourists. "We know the direction in which the terrorists are hidden and we?ll hunt them down soon", a senior police Jammu and Kashmir police official told News18.

He said when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke of a final solution of the Kashmir problem he was, in fact, referring to ending militancy in J&K which is an integral part of the country.

"Earlier there used to be a selective condemnation to incidents of this kind".

On June 27, the United States designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a "global terrorist", ahead of Narendra Modi's meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC.

"We need a full-time Defence Minister at the Centre and a strong person in command of the situation there, like KPS Gill (late Punjab Police chief)".

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