Indian soldiers take up position near an army camp during a gun battle in Mesar in Samba district, September 26, 2013. — Photo by Reuters
Indian soldiers take up position near an army camp during a gun battle in Mesar in Samba district, September 26, 2013. — Photo by Reuters
Indian police officials, civilians and army personnel look on as smoke rises during an attack by militants on an army camp at Mesar in Samba district, some 20 kilometres southeast of Jammu on September 26, 2013. — Photo by AFP
Indian police officials, civilians and army personnel look on as smoke rises during an attack by militants on an army camp at Mesar in Samba district, some 20 kilometres southeast of Jammu on September 26, 2013. — Photo by AFP
An Indian army soldier takes position during an attack on an army camp in Samba, about 40 kilometres from Jammu, September 26, 2013. — Photo by AP
An Indian army soldier takes position during an attack on an army camp in Samba, about 40 kilometres from Jammu, September 26, 2013. — Photo by AP

SRINAGAR: Militants stormed a police station and an Indian army base in Kashmir on Thursday, killing at least nine in an attack the state's chief minister said was aimed at derailing peace talks between India and Pakistan.

“This attack in Jammu is aimed at derailing the dialogue process,” said Omar Abdullah, chief minister of the Indian administered Kashmir.

The group of militants who attacked a police station and army camp in India administered Kashmir on Thursday had crossed the border from Pakistan the previous day, the state's chief minister said.

Omar Abdullah told reporters that the raid appeared designed to upset plans for a meeting in New York this week between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“Given the history, timing and location, the aim is to derail the proposed meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart,” Abdullah said. “There are forces that are inimical to peace and want to derail any peace process.”

The militants, all wearing army fatigues, lobbed grenades and opened fire at the Hiranagar police station near the border with Pakistan, police said.

Around the same time attackers struck at an army base in the nearby Samba district in the southern-most part of the the Indian-administered state where a fierce gunbattle with soldiers took place and Indian tanks were deployed.

The attacks are set to overshadow a meeting by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this weekend, the first top-level dialogue in three years.

Manmohan Singh condemned “the heinous terrorist attack” in a statement but said that that it “will not deter us and will not succeed in derailing our efforts to find a resolution to all problems through a process of dialogue”.

Militant attacks have a history of stalling stop-start peace efforts between the two neighbours, who have fought three wars since independence, because New Delhi accuses Pakistan of abetting the groups which strike Indian targets.

The NDTV channel reported that Thursday's attackers may have driven from the police station to the army camp in a hijacked truck, but other security sources cautioned that there might have been separate groups.

“I was inside the dhaba (a roadside eatery) when I saw three men entering the camp firing a barrage of bullets. They opened the gates and entered,” one eyewitness told reporters outside the army camp in Samba.

Gunshots could be heard ringing out from inside the walled compound, while two officers could be seen running out carrying an injured man over their shoulder.

At least five policemen and two civilians were killed in the first attack on the police station in Kathua district, a police officer told AFP, and at least two soldiers including an officer died in the second assault, a separate army source who asked not to be named confirmed.

Indian premier Singh confirmed on Wednesday that he would meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif despite calls from the opposition to take a hardline with Islamabad.

Formal peace talks known as the Composite Dialogue are currently off and India has been keen to downplay any expectation they might restart as a result of Sunday's talks.

“Primarily we will see whether the dialogue process that started between the two countries, that stopped and got derailed, can that be brought back on track,” Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters at the UN on Wednesday.

Kashmir, a picturesque Himalayan territory, is divided between India and Pakistan by a de facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC) but it is claimed in full by both countries.


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Indigo
Sep 26, 2013 10:09am

Terror has a religion. and it is the 'religion of peace'

arun
Sep 26, 2013 10:29am

Pakistani army and police forces will get its reply shortly, Raw will retaliate.

ali
Sep 26, 2013 10:31am

good for nothing ...

HS
Sep 26, 2013 11:14am

a well organized and nicely executed attack by the kashmiri mujahideens giving the indian army a run for their money!

SherryManzoor
Sep 26, 2013 12:29pm

@arun: yes, because Pakistan is doing this and India does not have any problems of its own.

Karthik
Sep 26, 2013 12:51pm

I am not sure if the average Pakistani feels good reading this news or feels bad about it

Vishnu Dutta
Sep 26, 2013 01:17pm

Aman ki asha this is. Lets not forget what Imran khan said just few days ago. Who are these people who dont want the peace process to start. I guess we all know them but cant write their name here.

Sam
Sep 26, 2013 02:10pm

two things are pretty clear... either Pakistan government just wants to goof around or the lowlifes who wants to derail the peace process are not under the administration control.. state within a state... on both counts, nawaz sharif would be the loser faction.

nik
Sep 26, 2013 02:16pm

a major operation is going in kupwara district on loc where 30 militants try to cross loc but were challenged by troops resulting in fierce gunbattle, reportes are coming in at least 12 militants have been killed & some are on the run & other have flead back across loc, massive search operation is on near the loc to hunt dow the terrorist, enough with this aaman ka tamash why not RAW assinate hafiz saeed we already assinated his chief security officer

Taimoor Khan
Sep 26, 2013 03:32pm

@arun: It was in retaliation of the massacare of innocent Christians of Peshaware which was done by raw with the blessing of cia/mossad. Even Bishop of Pakistan have blamed India. We target legit military targets in india, while india is indulge in state sponsored pure terrorism of our citizen. To be honest, it was quite muted respose to the barbaric act of terrorism which india conducted.

deep
Sep 26, 2013 03:55pm

@HS: yah same people have given run for money to Pak citizen in Peshawar some days ago

HJN
Sep 26, 2013 04:57pm

@Karthik: The average pakistani feels what the average indian feels when Pakistani soldiers die in combat.

Abhishek
Sep 26, 2013 05:09pm

Challenge which is being forwarded to the defenders of peace is how far they are willing to go. History is filled with the efforts being derailed by the prepatrators of such attacks. As an Indian I understand the dual nature of Pakistani establishment. Democracy in Pakistan is still in tender state. It needs to be strengthened and made strong enough to confront the faction of Pakistani Army which seems to be having other plans in mind. Responsibility of the Pakistani civil society increases all the more over here. I hope peace is the goal of all sane people from both sides of border.

AsHWiNt
Sep 26, 2013 05:48pm

@arun: You are always welcome.

IndoPak
Sep 26, 2013 05:51pm

Please Pakistan ... let us live in peace

anand
Sep 26, 2013 06:43pm

we know that this is done by pakistani militant .if pakistan want peace pakistan should kill those militants who are using land against india. we indian who can i thrust you .those militant are killed by indian army are pakistani, pakistan has double face, if pakistan want to change ,both country should fight against terrorist .

Faisal
Sep 26, 2013 07:47pm

@arun: If you'll try to burn someone house i.e. Balochistan your house shall also be burn as you are neighbor

Faisal
Sep 26, 2013 07:50pm

@Indigo: Why you always target Islam? Do you think all Indian's are innocent?

Faisal
Sep 26, 2013 07:50pm

@Vishnu Dutta: Your Govt accepted the formation of anti Pakistan squard and operations conducted in Pakistan. We believe, they also committed attack on Church in Peshawer. Do you have courage to accept it? They accepted, they enter into our territory, do you accept?

Ahsan
Sep 26, 2013 07:59pm

@arun:

And we'll blow you out of your holes wherever you come from

shabut
Sep 26, 2013 08:05pm

Is it the indians who don't want peace or the Pakistanis? It is Pakistan who has been approaching and willing for the peace process to move on. Prime minister Nawaz Sharif has made it clear enough from day first of coming into power. India has done this blame game before when they tried to project Pakistan army by mutilating couple of their soldiers bodies. India has gone to the lowest possible levels of shame on many occasions. We all know the real backstabbing mentality of the Indian nation. Indians are even getting ready to let a person become their next prime minister who had committed genocide few years ago and who is still banned to travel to few countries in the world.

shabut
Sep 26, 2013 08:08pm

@Indigo: Which I believe is Hinduism, if I am not mistaken, right? If somebody slap you on the cheek, don't retaliate but present your other cheek to be slapped, a peaceful Hindu mantra, remember?

Tariq Mehsud
Sep 26, 2013 08:21pm

A country which keeps it's people in dark is india whenever their very own terrorists strike blame game starts but we do not need to have witnesses as Mr. Chuck Hagel of USA is still alive and in good health who with great confidence pointed all his fingers towards peace loving india, that india is the trouble make in Pakistan and the same very fact was acknowledged by former indian army chief and we must not forget the fake attack which was carried out by india at it's own parliament india if you want to be a good neighbor and as self claimed emerging economic economy then you need to give respect to your neighbors as well the same same respect you are looking for yourself.

Saad(DXB)
Sep 26, 2013 09:24pm

@Karthik: You forgot we are not Indians and our politicians don't preach hatred against India in elections to win seats.. Ofcourse we are saddened by this incident and every other incident that results in slowing down the progress towards the ultimate goal of peace between the two countries

Saad(DXB)
Sep 26, 2013 09:22pm

@arun: I guess they are still bus quashing or trying to quash the freedom movements in over a dozen states of India.. When they get free from there, they are most welcome to try..

Breaking Bad
Sep 26, 2013 09:27pm

@Karthik: Bad: Because you guys blame us for everything that goes wrong on the eastern side of the border. Really need to grow up and take responsibility for your own civilians.

Kameshwar Jha
Sep 26, 2013 09:52pm

When shall we learn to live in peace with our neighbors? How long shall we ignore death and sufferings of our dear ones? Let good sense prevail. Destruction by war cannot be the destiny of Asia.

sikander
Sep 27, 2013 08:37am

Stop blaming each other! Sky is clear from this attack...it is an opportunity for both Pakistan and India to recognize their enemy. They have a common enemy, they are non state actors, who want to derail peace process between both countries. They do not want peace and has nothing to do with any religion. They are paid actors, who flourish terror in Pakistan and India to spread hatred among the people of both countries. The timings of these coordinated attacks are crucial. We have to understand their mischievous acts and should locate them through the intelligence of both countries. It is time to use force against this common enemy and eliminate them.They are neither Pakistanis nor Indians and have no religion at all.

John
Sep 27, 2013 08:41am

As a Pakistani I condemn the terror strike. Any terror strike brings same sorrow in India as it does in Pakistan.

M. Ahmed
Sep 27, 2013 12:12pm

India gets to taste its own medicine...

arun
Sep 28, 2013 12:38am

@ Faisal; Thanks for the lesson you learnt from the pakistani army. We have nothing to do in balochistan.

khan
Sep 28, 2013 04:34am

We Pakistani and Indian people are stupid and foolish,and so are their leaders .Keep on killing each other without thinking that what we are gaining from this.Soldiers from both sides die in the name of patriotism and bravery.This is the time that our leaders should sit together,forget the past,and work to make our region heaven on earth.Believe me ,we will keep on killing each other,destroying families.And in the end nobody will win.Kashmiris are most peace loving people,dont devide them like this ,and destroy THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE,THE HEAVEN ON EARTH.