Indian PM condemns IoK attack, says peace talks will go on
27 September, 2013
NEW DELHI: India's prime minister branded Thursday's attack by militants on an Indian police station and army camp in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) as "barbaric" and said it would not derail efforts to pursue peace through dialogue.
"This is one more in a series of provocations and barbaric actions by the enemies of peace," Manmohan Singh said in a statement. "Such attacks will not deter us and will not succeed in derailing our efforts to find a resolution to all problems through a process of dialogue."
In occupied Kashmir‚ at least twelve people including ten Indian troops and police personnel were killed in an attack on an army camp near a police station in Kathua district Thursday morning .
According to reports‚ the Mujahideen dressed in Indian army uniform entered the Indian Army camp at Hiranagar in the and killed at least six Indian troopers including a Lt. Colonol and four police personnel. Two civilians were martyred by Indian troops on the occasion. Over a dozen people have been injured.
Kathua-Jammu highway has been closed while the encounter is going on. A police constable has also been killed at Naina Batapora in Pulwama district.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condemned the attack and termed it as attack on peace and dialogue.
He said this is one more attack and barbarism by enemies of peace.
Manmohan Singh said such attacks will not succeed in derailing our efforts to find a resolution through a process of dialogue.
Meanwhile, Pakistan on Thursday condemned the terror attacks in Jammu region and said it was imperative that senseless act of violence do not deter the two countries from pursuing a path to a better future for their peoples.
"Terrorism is a pernicious evil.Pakistan has been its foremost victim. We are committed to leaving no stone unturned to eliminate the spectre of terrorist violence from our society and our region," a statement from the Pakistan High Commission said here. It said Pakistan strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
"Our hearts go out in sympathy to the families of all those who fell victim to the acts of terrorist violence in Jammu today.
"It is imperative that senseless act of violence do not deter us from pursuing a path to a better future for our peoples," it added.
Heavily-armed militants dressed in army fatigues today stormed a police station and an army camp in Jammu region killing eight persons, including a Lieutenant Colonel, barely two days ahead of the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New York.