Entire nation stands united against terrorism: PM

A day after the militant strike in Srinagar left eight soldiers dead, Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the entire country is standing united against terrorists and they will not succeed in their designs.

Published: 25th June 2013 12:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th June 2013 06:03 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that the entire nation stands united against terrorism which will not be allowed to succeed, a day after militants struck in Srinagar killing eight army men.

"I want to pay my tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives while fighting the terrorists. I would like to make it clear that the entire nation stands united against terrorism and will not allow their nefarious designs to succeed," he said.

Noting that security was a pre-requisite for growth, Singh said the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government will work together towards improving the situation in the state for fast and uniform development.

"Our analysis is that, security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has shown considerable improvement. Terrorist-related violence in 2012 had shown a sharp decline and was the lowest in last two decades," he said, laying the foundation stone of the 850 MW Rattle hydroelectric power project here along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

The Prime Minister said, "The Centre and the state government have vowed to improve the security situation in the state to ensure fast, sustainable and uniform development in the state."

After several "difficult" years, collective efforts have resulted in putting Jammu and Kashmir on a faster pace of development, Singh said.

The Prime Minister, however, said constant vigil was needed to prevent attacks like the one that took place yesterday at Hyderpora.

Singh and Gandhi paid tributes to the soldiers killed in yesterday's militant attack in Srinagar and visited the Army Base Hospital at Badamibagh cantonment to inquire about the condition of injured jawans.

On the power front, the Prime Minister said the Centre will provide all help to Jammu and Kashmir in overcoming the electricity shortage and announced several steps in this direction, including additional 150 MW supply from the northern grid.

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