Anti-Pakistan protests held in Jammu

May 13th, 2008 - 7:00 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf

Jammu, May 13 (IANS) Anti-Pakistan protests have returned to the streets of Jammu city after the terror attack near here Sunday, in which six people were killed. Activists of Hindustan Shiv Sena, a group claiming to represent the interests of the Hindu community in Jammu and Kashmir, the only Muslim majority state in India, Tuesday burnt Pakistan’s national flag and raised anti-Pakistan slogans.

The protesters also condemned Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani for what they called “export of terrorism” by Pakistan.

The country’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also held a rally, led by its state unit president Ashok Khajuria, and denounced Pakistan for “continuing terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir”.

“Pakistan bites the hand that feeds it,” Khajuria said.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Rama Kant Dubey said people should now see through the “designs of Pakistan”. He asked the Indian government to snap all dialogue with Pakistan.

While External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukhejee is scheduled to visit Islamabad for talks May 23, Dubey said: “Unless Pakistan stops terrorism, there is no point in talking to Islamabad and its leadership.”

Two militants were killed in Samba, 45 km from here, Sunday after a fierce gun-battle with the security forces. The two had killed six people, including a woman and a photo-journalist. The next day, a militant attacked the Samba garrison but was killed in a gun-fight with the troops.

The three militants are believed to be part of a group that managed to sneak into the Indian side last Thursday. from Pakistan.

The incidents have put the army on alert, especially in and around Jammu, the winter capital of this state.

The terrorist strikes were the first in the Jammu region since the 2003 bilateral ceasefire agreement.

“Terrorism has shaken people’s faith in the peace process, to put it mildly,” commented Satinder Singh, a retired teacher here.

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