Militants Kill 7 Pilgrims In Kashmir - But The Pilgrimage Carries On

039;Highest alert' sounded across J&K after attack on Amarnath pilgrims massive manhunt on for LeT terrorist

He said the Modi government's resolve is firm and the terrorists responsible for the attack will be brought to book.

Singh said, "The entire nation is with Kashmir" and congratulated them for their resilience against militancy for the last 25 years.

TV channels reported that the attack was masterminded by a Pakistanbased LeT commander Abu Ismail.

He also attacked the BJP's ruling alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party in Kashmir, saying the association forged for "short term political gain" has cost India massively. "Condemns in strongest words the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in J&K".

"Let us unambiguously and emphatically show solidarity towards those killed and demand a credible investigation against this and all other crimes perpetrated in Jammu and Kashmir", he said.

Praising Chief Minister Mufti and Kashmiris for standing up against violence, Minister of State, PMO, Jitendra Singh said, "There are certain elements who fish in the troubled waters of Jhelum and hope something goes wrong, but the civil society has proved every mischief wrong". "Religion is a fundamental right and human right #AmarnathYatra #ReligiousFreedom", she tweeted.

The ministers visited Srinagar, following a directive from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. They said that a bus carrying 60 Hindu pilgrims had been passing through the area when the patrolling police and militants were exchanging fire, and that some bullets struck the bus and its passengers.

The central ministers stressed that the entire country was with the Kashmiris and the pilgrims and that all arrangements for a safe and secure pilgrimage would continue with renewed vigor.

In the Hindu-dominated Jammu region of the Indian state, saffron-clad members of the right-wing Bajrang Dal group stopped cars to enforce a strike in memory of the pilgrims. The government wanted the 40-day yatra to take place without interruptions and it promised a safe trip for the tourists. Located at an altitude of 3,888 meteres (12,756 feet) and surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine kicked off on June 29 and will culminate on August 7. The pilgrims were then hit as the terrorists fired indiscriminately, the news agency said. Though security had been increased along the route for the pilgrimage, the thousands of deployed soldiers and police do not patrol overnight.

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