March 2003 News

India Blames Pak For Kashmir Massacre

25 March 2003
The Times of India

New Delhi: India on Tuesday blamed Pakistan for the massacre of 24 Kashmiri Pandits in a South Kashmir village and said violence in the state was continuing because of that country. Terming the massacre of the Pandits as a 'cold-blooded murder,' Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, without naming Pakistan, told reporters that 'this is an act of our neighbour and violence in the state is continuing only because of them.' He declined to reply whether the 'healing touch' policy of Mufti Mohd Sayeed government hampered tackling militancy in the state and said: 'I will collect the report and brief the Cabinet Committee on Security once I go back (to Delhi) in the evening.' Advani, who is paying a visit to Nandimarg village where the massacre took place yesterday, said the security of the state was primarily the responsibility of the Centre with active support of the state government. 'When the new government in the state took over, I had conveyed to the Chief Minister that while development is the main concern of the state, the security will be looked after by the Centre,' he said. Advani said the Nadimarg incident had left 'serious wounds on the entire Kashmiri community that has migrated to safer place in Jammu and Delhi.' Advani is accompanied by state Governer Girish Chander Saxena, National Conference President Omar Abdullah, Director of Intelligence Bureau K P Singh and senior civil and police officials.


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