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A Terrorist Attack kills 8 CRPF men and leaves 22 injured in Pampore, Kashmir

For decades, rebel groups fought for Kashmir’s independence from India, often attacking government officials

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An Indian army soldier, second left, gives first aid to paramilitary soldiers who were injured in a highway ambush in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP
  • Eight policemen lost their lives in the attack in Pampore district on Saturday
  • Two attackers were killed by Police wand injured Policemen were taken to the Hospital in Srinagar
  • Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killings

Kashmir once again faced attacks from rebels. Eight policemen lost their lives in the attack in Pampore district on Saturday, June 25.

The attack, which targeted a security convoy of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on a highway near Pampore, left 20 officers injured. Pampore is 15 kilometers from the state capital, Srinagar.

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Two attackers were killed by Police wand injured Policemen were taken to the Hospital in Srinagar.

“Firsthand information after looking at the bodies is, both appear to be Pakistanis, definitely from Lashkar, and in all likelihood, they were fidayeen. Two AK-47 rifles have been recovered from them,” said CRPG Inspector General Nalin Prabhat.

“I salute the courage of the CRPF personnel martyred today in J&K. They served the nation with utmost dedication. Pained by their demise. My thoughts are with the families of those martyred today. May those injured recover soon,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter.

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Indian security personnel stand guard near paramilitary soldiers' bus that was damaged in an ambush by suspected rebels in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP
Indian security personnel stand guard near paramilitary soldiers’ bus that was damaged in an ambush by suspected rebels in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP

For decades, rebel groups fought for Kashmir’s independence from India, often attacking government officials.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killings.

“The only purpose of such blood-spattered acts of violence is to add to the tragedies and  miseries of the people,” she said in a statement.

Indian Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju said the attack was a matter of grave concern.

“Tomorrow, the CRPF director general of police and other senior officials will go to Srinagar to carry out investigations because it is a matter of grave concern for us that so many security personnel have been martyred,” Rijiju said.

However, India had accused Pakistan for  training of Revolutionaries which fight for Kashmir’s independence from India and its merger with Pakistan but, Islamabad denied the charges. (VOA)

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India’s President ‘Ram Nath Kovind’ Designates ‘Narendra Modi’ as PM for Second Term

The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament

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Newly elected lawmakers from India's ruling alliance led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party raise their hands in support of Narendra Modi's election as their leader in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

India’s president on Saturday appointed Narendra Modi as the prime minister soon after newly elected lawmakers from the ruling alliance, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, elected him as their leader following a thunderous victory in national elections.

President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet that he also asked Modi to forward the names of those to be appointed as ministers in his government and the date for the swearing-in for his second five-year term as prime minister. Modi and some leaders of his alliance met the president on Saturday.

Media reports said Modi was likely to be sworn in by Kovind on Thursday.

BJP president Amit Shah announced Modi’s name as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance in a meeting of the lawmakers in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second right, hugs senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader M.M. Joshi as L.K. Advani, left, watches after Modi’s election as ruling alliance leader, in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, after the official vote count from the six-week-long election was completed on Friday. That is well beyond the simple majority a party in India needs to form a government.

The BJP’s top rival, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi, won 52 seats, and the All India Trinamool Congress led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee won 22.

Unity movement

Critics say Modi and his party have applied divisive policies and used a Hindu-first strategy. But Modi said after Saturday’s vote that “this election has become a movement of social unity.” “It is generally said that the election divides, creates distances, makes walls. But the 2019 elections have worked to break the walls,” he said in his address.

On Friday, Modi met with his outgoing Cabinet ministers and later presented his resignation to the country’s president. The president asked the officials to continue to serve until the new government assumes office.

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The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament. VOA

Gandhi, whose great-grandfather, grandmother and father were all prime ministers, personally conceded his seat, long a Congress party bastion, to his BJP rival, India’s textiles minister, marking the end of an era for modern India’s most powerful political dynasty.

Counting of the estimated 600 million ballots cast over six weeks of staggered polling — the world’s largest democratic exercise — began early Thursday.

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The victory was largely seen as a referendum on Modi’s Hindu-first politics that some observers say have bred intolerance toward Muslims and other religious minorities, as well as his muscular stance on neighboring Pakistan, with whom India nearly went to war earlier this year after suicide attacks killed more than 40 Indian security officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Modi effectively used the incident as a major campaign tool after responding to the attack with an airstrike in Pakistan that triggered nationalist sentiments, with the BJP saying Modi is the right person to ensure India’s national security. (VOA)