Muslim driver's courage saved lives in Amarnath attack

Posted July 13, 2017

When police personnel retaliated back to the firing the terrorists started a showering bullets haphazardly.

"The bus was on way to Jammu from Baltal and was not part of the convoy".

Security agencies launched a massive manhunt to hunt down the alleged mastermind of the Amarnath yatra attack, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who received the bodies at the city airport, was full of praise for Salim Shaikh, the driver of the private bus who kept driving for at least two kilometres to the nearest Army camp even after coming under attack on Monday. "Condemns in strongest words the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in J&K. We condemn this cowardly terrorist attack and express our deep condolences to the families of the dead and prayers for injured", said, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani.

That is the reason why Kashmiri across the political, religious and ideological spectrum have condemned the attack.

Union minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh also accompanied Ahir. While one Twitter user wrote: "Just like thousands of people died on 9/11 when they were caught between the twin towers and two harmless aircrafts?", another one felt that US President Trump's "fake news" tag for the organisation was justified. Upon checking the Kashmir police further found out that the attacked bus was not even part of the official Amarnath tour and was from Gujarat.There was also no standard police escort auto along with the bus for good security of the travellers. They also said the Amarnath attack could be a revenge taken by the terrorist group after the arrest of LeT operative Sandeep Kumar Sharma last week. Although the investigation in the case is at the primary stage, it is already seen as an attack on Hindu Indians by Muslims of Kashmir. Although there have been frequent violent incidents in Kashmir since past few years, there has been no drastic fall in demand for the trip from people in Telangana and AP.

The shooting happened near the southern Anantnag town on the main highway linking the Indian-controlled Kashmir with the rest of the country. This is a yatra where people of one faith undertake the pilgrimage and the people of the other faith act as hosts.

Munir Khan, a senior police officer in Kashmir, said it appeared to be a revenge attack after a major Lashkar unit was busted in the Valley a day before. Three persons from Valsad were among the seven pilgrims killed in the terror attack in Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday evening.