SRINAGAR: The killing of a CRPF jawan and injuries to four others including a Kashmiri Pandit in separate terror attacks have been widely condemned by civil society, politicians, and trade bodies in the Valley, with many of them slamming Pakistan for unleashing violence during the holy month of Ramzan.
On Monday, a CRPF jawan was killed and his colleague was critically injured in a terror attack in Srinagar city. Two labourers and a Kashmiri Pandit named Bal Krishna were injured in two terrorist attacks in Shopian and Pulwama districts of southern Kashmir.
A large number of people including senior politicians have taken to social media to condemn the terror attacks and vent their angst against Pakistan-backed terrorists.
“I add my words of condemnation to those of my colleagues and send my condolences to the family of the CRPF jawan killed in the line of duty. Prayers for the injured jawan in the hope that he makes a full recovery,” National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah tweeted.
Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti has also condemned the attack. “Condemn attack on CRPF personnel in Maisuma this afternoon. This senseless violence doesn’t yield anything apart from inflicting miseries on the innocent families of those killed. My condolences to the family and prayers for the injured,” she said.
Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (ANC) president Begum Khalida Shah and Senior Vice President Muzzafar Shah, in a statement, said “senseless violence and bloodshed” had taken heavy toll on the people of the Union territory.
Terming the attack as dastardly and barbaric, the ANC leaders said that the “cowardly attack on CRPF personnel and labourers have left us numb and speechless”.
“We unreservedly condemn the dastardly and cowardly attack on the CRPF personal and labourers. We stand with the family in this terrible time. Such acts of violence have no place in our society. Paying rich tributes to the slain, they conveyed their heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family and speedy recovery of another CRPF personnel who was injured in the attack,” the leaders said.
Apni Party President Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari termed the attack as “dastardly” and said terrorism in the Valley was “tearing apart the social fabric, inflicting already existing economic, academic and social losses, besides causing the irreparable loss of human lives”.
Bukhari also demanded special treatment to the injured security personnel and urged the government to take precautionary measures to save the lives of those on duty.
“It is very unfortunate to know about the cowardly attack on CRPF Personnel at Maisuma. My heart goes out to the family members of the deceased. I would pray for speedy recovery of the other injured security personnel and he should be provided special treatment,” he said.
Several trade unions also joined the voice of condemnation, terming the attacks as “extremely reprehensible”.
District Trade Union, Ganderbal along with Sub-district Kangan Trade Union also issued a statement, calling the terror attacks as “dastardly acts of cowardice aimed at disturbing peace in Kashmir and trying to create an atmosphere of fear and panic among the non-locals”.
“This new incident will further add to the prevailing sense of insecurity among the people, especially non-locals who come here to earn a dignified livelihood for their families. There can be no justification of this cold blood and our heads must drop in shame. No words of sympathy can compensate for the loss his family has borne today,” the statement reads.
A large number of social media users also demeaned terror outfits for killing innocent people.
“The terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, are not stopping the killing of innocent people. I condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Kashmir today which killed a security personal & wounded Innocent Non Kashmiris labours. This was an inhuman act,” tweeted Farar Baba.
Another user wrote, “Ramadan is the month of blessings, prayers, good deeds and what not, Killing poor labourers can’t be justified in Islam as killing a human is equivalent to killing whole humanity as per Islam. The Islamic preachers and all other intellectuals should raise their voice against it.”
“Islam says killing one innocent means killing whole of humanity. The killings of #NonLocal labours cannot be justified at any cost. We Muslims shall condemn it in one voice as it is sending a wrong image of our Islam. #Pak needs to be punished @UN as it is spreading venom of hatred,” Umer Ali tweeted.