Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Thursday that the ‘fidayeen’ (suicide squad) attack in Anantnag district on Wednesday was carried out “at the behest of Pakistan”.
Speaking to the media here, Malik said: "Pakistan ordered yesterday’s fidayeen attack. Whenever there is peace in the Valley, Pakistan tries to disrupt it by resorting to such attacks."
The Governor said the peaceful conduct of the Lok Sabha elections had not gone down well with the handlers of militants in Pakistan.
Asked if it was a matter of concern that the attack was carried on the road that will be taken by pilgrims for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra, he said: "Security forces would not allow militants to get near the ‘yatris’. The attack was not on the ‘yatris’ as the ‘yatra’ is yet to commence."
Five CRPF troopers, including two Assistant Sub-Inspectors and a militant, were killed in the suicide attack on the K.P. Road in Anantnag town on Wednesday. A civilian woman and three security men including a Station House Officer (SHO) were injured.
Meanwhile, the Governor has expressed deep anguish over the loss of CRPF men in yesterday’s militant attack in Anantnag district.
The Governor has conveyed that his heart goes out to the departed soldiers and their families.
Condemning this cowardly attack, the Governor, an official statement said, has observed that whenever successful attempts are made by the security forces to either conduct peaceful elections or continuous elimination of militants, the masterminds of militants from across the border order them to carry out fidayeen attacks on forces and yesterday’s attack in Anantnag district was also a fidayeen attack.
Governor noted that militants and their handlers should know that “our resolve to eliminate this menace is unshakable”.
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