North Gazette News/Dharamshala
HP assembly on Saturday paid tribute to the soldiers of Indian Army and civilians who were killed in serial terror strikes in Jammu & Kashmir on Friday.
Revenue minister Kaul Singh Thakur moved the motion in the assembly and said that the attacks were desperate attempts thwart democratic process in J&K.
A one-minute silence was also observed as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
Thakur said that the state government would urge the Central government to talk to Pakistan to stop ceasefire violations and stop sending militants across the border.
Thakur moved the resolution in the absence of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh which was adopted unanimously by the house.
Former chief minister and opposition leader Prem Kumar Dhumal also condemned the attacks and said that the terrorist strikes were an attempt to stall the assembly elections in J&K.
“Pakistan is baffled by the huge voter turnout in the J&K assembly elections despite the poll boycott call given by separatists. But the Government of India would not deter by such cowardly attacks and would deal strictly with menace of terrorism,” Dhumal said.
Eight army men, including a senior officer and three policemen were killed on Friday after terrorists launched an audacious attack on the army camp in Baramulla district in which all the six terrorists had been killed.