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Jun 25, 2013 at 12:18pm IST

PM in J&K, condemns Army convoy attack

Kishtwar: Condemning the Monday's terror attack, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India stands firm against terrorism and we will not let them succeed. PM's visit to Jammu and Kashmir comes a day after Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists attacked an Army convoy near Bemina which killed 8 jawans and injured 19 others.

"The situation in the valley has improved and terror acts have reduced considerably. We have to ensure that incidents like Monday's attack do not repeat," said PM. Stating that the rate of terror strikes was lowest in 2012, he said, "I salute the Armed forces personnel who have sacrificed their lives fighting against terrorism."

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PM was accompanied by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and were in Kishtwar to inaugurate a rail link and to lay the foundation stone of the 850 MW Ratle Power Project on Tuesday. PM said the Centre is giving full support to the state to overcome problem of power shortage. "Much of the work in the infrastructure projects has been done, rest is underway," he added.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi said projects like Ratle should benefit the local population. She expressed hope that the people whose land has been acquired for the project will be adequately compensated.

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Gandhi was in praise of youth of Kashmir and said they have immense talent and she is hopeful that they will work for the upliftement of their families and society. "It is a good news that the number of youth qualifying for civil services has increased over the years," she added.

Following Monday's attack, Srinagar has been turned into a fortress as the terrorists are still at large.

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With Additional Inputs from PTI

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