1. Amarnath Yatra terror attack: How world media reported the cowardly attack on Hindu pilgrims

Amarnath Yatra terror attack: How world media reported the cowardly attack on Hindu pilgrims

Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Pakistan-backed terrorists killed seven Hindu pilgrims and injured around 20 others in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag on Monday evening

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2017 11:18 AM
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In the deadliest attack on Amarnath Yatra since 2001, Pakistan-backed terrorists killed seven Hindu pilgrims and injured around 20 others in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag on Monday evening. The news of the cowardly attack attracted widespread condemnation from across the country including from Kashmir as well as outside India. All Indian media identified the incident as a terror attack. Jammu and Kashmir police even said the attack was carried out by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba and masterminded by Pakistani terrorist Abu Ismail. However, most of the leading foreign publications referred to the ghastly incident as an attack by “militants” or “gunmen”.

“Gunmen opened fire on a busload of Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir on Monday, killing at least seven people and threatening to ignite tensions in a region already deeply divided between Hindus and Muslims,” reported The New York Times. The report mentioned the condemnation of the incident by leaders of different parties, including the separatists in Kashmir. It also highlighted how the yatra has been going on peacefully for years despite growing militancy in the Valley.

BBC.com said seven pilgrims have been “killed in a militant attack after their bus apparently got caught in the crossfire.” It quoted police as saying that target of the attack “appeared to be” nearby security forces’ base. The BBC report, however, is quite different from what has been reported by the Indian media and officials which say the terrorists had opened fired at the bus after surrounding it from three sides.

The Indian Express today reported the driver of the bus Saleem Sheikh as saying that the vehicle was surrounded by terrorists at around 8 pm. They first fired from the front to kill Sheikh but he “ducked sideways to escape the bullet and drove ahead.” Even as the terrorists resorted to indiscriminate firing, Sheikh hold his nerves and drove for around 2 KM until he reached an army camp.

India’s NDTV.com, however, reported the bus was fired at by the terrorists near the security check post after they surrounded it from three sides. Before attacking the bus, the same terrorists had fired at an armoured police vehicle at around 8.30 pm, it said.

The foreign media reports on their websites have missed to report the Lashkar hand behind the attack.

The Atlantic quoted BBC, “A police source later told BBC that the attack targeted police vehicles, not Hindu civilians.”

The Guardian reported, “Seven Hindu pilgrims have died in a firefight between militants and police in Kashmir during a highly sensitive religious procession.” It goes on to claim that the attack came “amidst heightened religious tensions across northern India and another summer of violence in Kashmir.”

While Kashmir has been witnessing violence for some time, the claim of heightened religious tension across northern India is exaggerated. A few incidents of attacks by cow vigilantes recently have made civil society groups protest against this trend but overall all communities in northern India are living peacefully.

The Washington Post published an Associated Press copy on the attack. It started the report as: “Gunmen sprayed bullets on a passenger bus bringing Hindu pilgrims back from a cave shrine…” Refraining from calling it a terror attack, AP reported an unnamed police officer as saying the attack was carried out by “Muslim militants” fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir.

AP claimed a police statement as saying that the “militants” had first attacked a police vehicle and the officers returned fire. “Thereafter, the militants again fired at a police patrol in which a passenger bus was hit by bullets.”

The Washington Post also published an article by senior Indian journalist Barkha Dutt in which she argued that the “terrorist attack on Hindu pilgrims could change everything for Kashmir.”

“Terrorists have ruined Kashmir. Now they want to start communal riots in India by driving a wedge between Hindus and Muslims,” Dutt wrote. She also urged Kashmiri people to “rise up and say Not In Our Name; or else be complicit in another example of the withering away of humanity.”

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    B.SEKAR
    Jul 12, 2017 at 8:39 am
    VERY SORRY TO HEAR THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR BROS SISTS. bUT ONE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THE FIRED BULLETS TAKEN THE LIFE OF PILGRIMES -HINDUS. AND THE PLACE AND PERSONS ARE CHANGED BY ALL SORTS OF VERSIONS . WHO HAS DONE IT? THE PEOPLE OF INDIA HAS TO KNOW THIS. PUTTING A STOP TO THIS ITSELF SAVING THE LIFE OF HUMANBEING.
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      Ganapathy Balasubramaniam
      Jul 12, 2017 at 6:32 am
      let us not worry about what world press say, and which will always be against our interest. let the nation know the truth , nothing but the truth
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        Asim Chakrabarti
        Jul 12, 2017 at 5:06 am
        Ecology demands protection of all the species of animals, but not the ferocious animals. Not very long ago was their Nation part of India, which gave birth of the Ashoke, who was the first emperor in the whole world to forbid killing of animals for sport or food order planting of trees. After living millions of years in the land of Ashoke, Gautam Buddha, Mahabir Jain, Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansha they have not yet grown to complete complete human beings. Rationality in the human beings is the most precious gift of Nature it can't be injected. The whole world must treat them as the most dangerous species of the animal world and act accordingly.
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          Seshadri
          Jul 11, 2017 at 10:28 pm
          Foreign media has only picked up only what some of our channels and police sources have deliberately and mischievously disseminated immediately after the attack to dilute the enormity of Islamic terror.
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            Mukhtar Baba
            Jul 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm
            Kashmiri militants have never killed any pilgrim so for, because they know that killing one human being is like killing whole mankind as per their religion. and why should they kill innocent people. I do not understand why these mother er media persons do not highlight killing of Muslims by gow rakhshaks and killing of women and children by Indian security forces in Kashmir KIYA HIDU KA KHOON KHOON HA AUR MUSALMAN KA KHOON PANI
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              Debasish Talukdar
              Jul 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm
              Take offensive action against these terrorists and implement laws to confine suspected person for unlimited Time without any judgement.
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                Venkat N
                Jul 11, 2017 at 7:20 pm
                Thank god, our media not followed the foreign media, innocent people got killed by mercenaries that country is most favoured nation for them. If there exists GOD, (which alone can render) justice to our people and to our country. My sincere condolences to the bereaved family. I can do this only. May their souls rest in peace.
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