Kashmir regrets every killing, resolve real issue: Hurriyat
Separatist amalgam, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, on Friday said that "people and leadership of Kashmir regret every killing that happens on its soil".
Referring to the Pulwama incident, the trio said, "The delay in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, the denial to engage with the sentiments and aspirations of the people of J&K and instead the use of a muscular military approach to counter an essentially political and human problem, is wrecking havoc in Kashmir especially on our next generation and consuming them, while those who are here to execute this policy are also under stress and paying a price with their lives."
The JRL said if this dance of death has to stop. "If hatred and revenge has to stop, if killing and counter-killings has to stop and if we really want peace in the region, we have to put an end to hostilities," they said.
"And the most effective and civilized manner to do so, is to reach out and engage and listen to the concerns of all three stakeholders and address them in the spirit of humanity and justice. Resolve the Kashmir dispute for all times," they added.
Advisory issued to all private channels
In light of the recent attack, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued an advisory to all private channels, advising them to be cautious in telecasting content that is likely to "encourage or incite violence or contains anything against the maintenance of law and order or which promotes anti-national attitudes, and/or contains anything affecting the integrity of the nation."
Curfew in Jammu city
Curfew was imposed in Jammu city on Friday as a precautionary measure following massive protests over the terror attack in Pulwama in the Kashmir Valley.
The Army has been requested to help the administration in maintaining law and order and conduct flag marches, officials said.
Curfew was clamped as authorities feared a communal backlash, officials said. Protesters, particularly in the old city, refused to disperse even after loudspeakers announced that curfew was imposed.
Rajnath Singh leaves for J&K
Home Minister Rajnath Singh left for Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to take stock of the situation in the State. He is accompanied by top home ministry officials.
During the visit, the home minister will take part in a high-level meeting in Srinagar to be attended by Governor Satya Pal Malik and top civil, police and other security officials.
The home minister will take stock of the security situation in the state in view of the terror attack on Thursday, a home ministry official said.
Singh will also pay his last respects to the CRPF jawans who were killed in Pulwama.
China condemns attack
China on Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber but once again declined to back India’s appeal to list the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.
“China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing.
When asked about China’s stand on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, he said: “As for the issue of listing, I could tell you that the 1267 Committee of Security Council has a clear stipulation on the listing and procedure of the terrorist organisations“.
“JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list. China will continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner,” he said.
UP govt announces Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia to families of 12 jawans
The Uttar Pradesh government announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 25 lakhs each to the families of the 12 CRPF jawans of the State killed in the terror attack in Pulwama.
The government has also announced job to one member of each soldier’s family besides naming the link road in their native village after the martyrs, a State government official said.
Directives have also been issued to ensure that the last rites of the jawans are performed with full state honours in which one minister of the state government besides DM and SSP remain present as representatives of the government, the official said.
Perpetrators will not go unpunished, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
The perpetrators of the suicide attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, that killed at least 37 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel will not go unpunished, said Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Talking to the media at Madurai airport on Friday, Mr. Prasad said that the sacrifice of the CRPF jawans will not go in vain.
"There will be an appropriate and suitable response as may be strategically decided," he said. Stating that the entire world has condemned the dastardly attack, Mr. Prasad said that Pakistan now stood isolated.