In the wake of recent spurt in militancy-related violence, including in Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir government Monday said it is reviewing the entire security scenario in the state to respond to such attacks in the future.
“The state government is reviewing the entire security scenario to respond to the attacks like the two-three which happened recently, which is their (militants’) new strategy. It first happened in Anantnag and now here, so the state government is reviewing the entire security structure,” government spokesman and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar told the Legislative Council.
The minister intervened in the House after Congress and BJP members raised the issue of Pampore attack, in which eight CRPF personnel were killed after the militants ambushed a convoy of the paramilitary force on Saturday.
As soon as House met this morning, Congress’ Jugal Kishore raised the issue, after which the ruling BJP MLCs were on their feet, demanding that the House condemn the attack and “declare Pakistan a terrorist state”.
“We should bring a resolution and the House should declare Pakistan a terrorist state,” BJP legislator Surinder Amarbardar said.
His party colleague Ramesh Arora said it was “very unfortunate that the government has allowed separatists to attend Iftar parties organised by Pakistan High Commission on a day when our troopers were being killed”.
“CRPF jawans are laying down their lives for our safety, but if you cannot provide them land, at least we should give them respect and condemn the attack,” Arora said.
Akhtar said from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, everybody has condemned the attack on CRPF troopers.
“Our Chief Minister condemned it very strongly. She went to lay wreaths on the brave jawans who gave their lives in the defence of the country and the state.
“We have full respect for them,” the minister said.
He said the compensation to the families of the deceased jawans would be given as per the norms.
“As far as the compensation is concerned, it will surely be given according to the normal protocol. There is no question on that,” he said.