Terror attacks in J&K’s Shopian, Anantnag spark political row; PDP questions ‘timing’

May 19, 2024

Shopian / Anantnag (J&K) May 19 (ANI): Bids to disrupt peace in Jammu & Kashmir continue amid the ongoing Lok Sabha Polls 2024. Over 5 terror attacks, including IAF convoy attack, have taken place in UT since April, 4 out of which turned out to be fatal. In yet another attack, a former BJP Sarpanch was killed in a targeted attack by terrorists in Shopian days ahead of polling. Meanwhile, a separate firing incident broke out in Anantnag’s Pahalgam that injured a tourist couple from Jaipur. Taking to ‘X’ JKNC chief Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah condemned the attacks. Farooq Abdullah demanded an investigation and also raised questions about the identity of the killer. He also called for international pressure to be created on Pakistan for being epicentre of terrorism. The incident sparked political row when JKPDP chief Mehbooba Mufti raised questions on timing of attacks targeting the GoI. Taxing to ‘X’, she said “timing of these attacks given that South election was delayed without any reason is a cause of concern”. Meanwhile, Former J&K Dy CM and BJP leader Kavinder Gupta on May 19 launched an indirect attack on JKNC, JKPDP. Expressing grief, he said “parties that want Article 370 back are somewhere responsible for such attacks”. Meanwhile, the areas have been cordoned off and search operations have been launched to hunt down hiding terrorists. Parts of Shopian, which falls under the Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency, will vote on May 20 in the fifth phase. Notably, the 5 Lok Sabha Constituencies in J&K are undergoing Polls in five phases.