Pampore attack: Rajanth blames “Neigbhouring Country”

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Militants kill five armymen in Srinagar,KashmirWhile condemning the deadliest attack on the security forces at Namblabal Pampore in south Kashmir on 25 June in which militants ambushed a CRPF convoy killing 8 personnel, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh condemned the neighboring country for disturbing peace in the Kashmir valley.

Singh said, “An attempt is being made by these terrorists and our neighboring country to destabilize India”.

While talking to reporters, he said a three-member team of Home Ministry officials will visit the affected area on 28 June to find out security lapses that led to the deadly attack.

He also said security forces have “standing orders” not to fire the first bullet, but “not count bullets while retaliating”.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar, called a meeting of the officials in the afternoon discussing the need for an effective and responsive system among all security forces and Intelligence agencies to maintain peace in the valley.

The meeting was attended by senior officers of CRPF, Police, Army, BSF, Intelligence, ITBP and was joined by Jammu IGP through video conferencing in the Police Control Room.

The issues pertaining to peace and security of Kashmir and security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra were also brought up in the meeting.

Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also referred to the people of the valley as the worst sufferers of such attacks. She also told reporters that these attacks defame the state.

She condemned the attack while observing that the attack happened in the holy month of Ramzan when “People should be seeking forgiveness and expiation for past sins” and “making sure not to hurt others.”