Pakistan condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, but rejected its involvement in the incident.
A statement by a spokesman of the foreign office in Islamabad, however, also said the Government of Pakistan rejected 'with contempt' the remarks made by the Minister of State for Home I D Swami, virtually blaming Pakistan for the attack in which nine pilgrims were killed and 32 wounded.
Asked by reporters in New Delhi if he believed Pakistan was behind the attack, Swami said, "No one has to think twice about that."
Meanwhile, holding Pakistan responsible for the massacre, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said destruction of training camps across the border was the only option for India to uproot terrorism.
"Pakistan will get nothing by engineering such acts and Kashmir will always remain a proud part of India," he told reporters after visiting the Nunwan base camp.
Abdullah said he suspected the involvement of Lashker-e-Tayiba in the incident and said 'destruction of training camps across the border is the only option to uproot terror'.
Describing the incident as 'most unfortunate', he hoped that the international community would wake up to respond to the situation created by the neighbouring country in Jammu and Kashmir.
He advised Islamabad that 'gun is no solution to problems as all the matters can be resolved bilaterally'.
Replying to a question, Abdullah said, "Though adequate security measures have been taken, militants have an edge as they choose the place of their attack and then sneak."
Asserting that the government has made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of the yatra, he announced that the pilgrimage will continue.
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