National Conference President and Member of Parliament for Srinagar, Farooq Abdullahon Tuesday said the dastardly attack on Amarnath Yatris was an attack on the soul and spirit of Kashmir and should be condemned unequivocally by every right thinking citizen of the State.

Abdullah said the dastarcly and heinous attack was an act of sheer cowardice perpetrated by those who can never claim to be Kashmiris or Muslims.

“The attack on pilgrims is the worst form of cowardice and barbarism. I appeal to every conscientious citizen and especially leadership of all shades of opinion to condemn this dastardly act strongly and unequivocally and consider observing a shutdown in the Valley in solidarity with these victims and as a mark of unanimous and unambiguous protest against the perpetrators of this crime. Islam teaches us to protect and safeguard the lives of our guests and teaches us to respect all religions and the right of devotees to practice their respective religions without any fear or insecurity. The attack in Anantnag is an assault on our religion and our identity as Kashmiris”, Abdullah said.