Jammu and Kashmir Terror Attacks: ‘Unambiguous Pakistan hand,’ Says Army

The serial terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday bore an “unambiguous clear link to Pakistan,” and the elements involved were “right at the top,” the Indian Army has said.

“There has been a top-down coordination in Pakistan to synchronise the terror attacks,” Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, the top army commander in Kashmir, told NDTV on Sunday. This is because it is “not possible for non-state actors in Pakistan to operate without nexus with elements in official establishment”.

The packets of food the terrorists were carrying show they had been manufactured in Pakistan, ammunition and weapons show they have been produced by a Pakistani company, Lt General Saha said.

Thirteen people – a civilian, nine soldiers and three policemen – died in the four attacks on Friday, days before the third phase of assembly elections are to be held in the state.

The deadliest attack took place at the army camp in Uri, in which eight Armymen, including an officer, were killed. All six militants were also killed in the encounter which lasted over six hours.

Besides food packets, six AK rifles, 55 magazines, two shotguns, two night vision binoculars, four radio sets, 32 unused grenades and one medical kit were recovered from the dead terrorists.

Lt General Saha said there were no lapses on part of the army. “Can’t say any lapses at our end because our priority is to keep civilians safe, which we did… Sometimes, my men have had to pay a very high price but we do it for democracy.”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already blamed Pakistan for sheltering terrorists who cross the border to target India. “I think Pakistan should try to stop these incidents, if they can’t, they should speak to India about it,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, has condemned the attacks, saying they were “desperate attempts to derail the atmosphere of hope” in the state, brought about by the high turnout in the first two phases of the elections.

 

Do not hang Afzal Guru says Prakash Ambedkar

Do not hang Afzal Guru says Prakash Ambedkar

Do not hang Afzal Guru says Prakash Ambedkar

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar Saturday said 2001 parliament attack convict Afzal Guru should not be hanged but sentenced to life imprisonment.

“The government should put the hanging of Guru in abeyance to avoid strengthening separatists in Jammu and Kashmir,” Ambedkar, the grandson of Dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar.

“We should understand that we are not ruled by fundamental Hindu nationalists. India is a secular country and it is run by secularists,” he said. Union minister Beni Prasad Verma too had Thursday opposed death penalty to Guru. He later retracted from the statement, saying he was misquoted.

 

Amarnath Pilgrimage Registration starts

Amarnath Pilgrimage Registration starts

Amarnath Pilgrimage Registration starts

Amarnath Pilgrimage a sacred annual pilgrimage for lakhs of Hindu devotees throughout the world. Amarnath cave which is located in Jammu and Kashmir dedicated to Lord Shiva, the cave is surrounded by snowy mountains throughout the year except for summar these cave is axes during the months of May to August. It is said that shiva linga to grow and shrink with the phases of the moon.The cave is situated at an attitude of 12,756 ft above 141km from Srinagar.

Amarnath Yatra devotees generally take the 42 km (26 mi) pilgrimage on foot from the town of Pahalgam, about 96 km (60 mi) from Srinagar, and cover the journey in four to five days. There are two alternate routes to the temple: the longer and more traditional path from Srinagar, and the shorter route from the town of Baltal. Some devotees, particularly the elderly, also ride on horse-back to make the journey. Chopper is now the most convineant way to visit the holy place. Choppers are available from Baltal and Pahalgam

The main routes for yatra are by Pahalgam and Baltal. Yatris can perform yatra by trek and by Helicopter both from these places. The baltal route is shorter for trek and takes around 24 Hrs bothways. From Pahalgam the journey is around 33 Kms and takes around 3 Days via Chandanwari – Sheshnag – Panchtari – Hioly cave and back via same route.

Devotees can reach Srinagar by Air. Srinagar has now brand new Airport and all the domestic airline operator have daily flights to Srinagar from Delhi, Jammu and Mumbai. (Indigo, Kingfisher,Jet Airways, Air India, Go Air, Spicejet)

Jammu is the nearest train station to Kashmir which is 290 kms from Srinagar. Jammu is a well connected to the major cities of India. Regular buses and taxi operates from Jammu to Srinagar and Pahalgam.

Srinagar is connected by major cities by Bus. During Yatra luxury buses also operates from Delhi / Chandigarh / Jammu and other neighbouring cities.

The Yatris can also register on-line on the website of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) from May 7, 2012 onwards. The Post Offices would commence registering pilgrims from May 15, 2012.

The Post Offices which will provide registration facilities are located in districts of Akbar Pur, Faizabad, Rosebery, Sultanpur, Bulandshar, Khurja, Mainpuri, Ghazipur, Pratapgarh, Amroha, Bijnor, Rampur, Azamgarh, Barirumpur, Gonga, Banda, Fatehpur, Mirzapur, Lal Ganj, Sila Pur, Dhampur, Hardoi, Khori, Hapur, Gorahkpur in Uttar Pradesh; Betul, Chattapur, Damoh, Mandla, Sagar, Sidhi, Vidisha, Ratlam, Shajapur, Dhar, Bhind, Mandsour, Katni, Dewas, Neemuch, Morena, Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh; Dadar, Osmanabad, Sholapur, Latur, Parbhani, Satara, Nanded, Yavatmal, Dhule, Ratnagiri, Chandrapuram, Sangli, Akola, Buldhana, Amravati, Wardha in Maharashtra; Aurangabad, Gaya, Buxar, Siwan, Katihar, Jehanabad, Banka, Gopal Ganj, Darbanga, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, Katihar, Chapra, Samastipur, Ara in Bihar; Kheda, Mahesana, Godhra, Patan, Amroli, Junagarh, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Surindranagar, Bharuch, Valsad, Navsari, Gandhinagar, Nadiad, Dohad in Gujarat; Sangrur, Kapurthala, Tarn Taran, Faridkot, Gurdaspur, Patiala, Ropar in Punjab; and Sonipat, Bhiwani, Jind, Sirsa, Narnoul in Haryana. The list of bank branches are already available on the website of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board.

The details of the Post Offices can also be seen on the Board’s website.