February 2016 News

Pampore Attack An Attempt To Distract Jobless Youth: Poswal

21 February 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

New Delhi: BJP leader and national executive member of the party's ST Morcha Ishfaq-ur-Rehman Poswal today condemned the ongoing terror attack at Pampore, saying the objective of the attack was to 'distract the jobless youth' undergoing training at the government-run institute. Terrorists on Saturday attacked a CRPF convoy near the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) killing two CRPF men. Poswal urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to order a high-level probe into the attack to find out who facilitated the entry of terrorists into the EDI building. A civilian and an Army officer were also killed in the incident. 'I am deeply saddened to learn that three security personnel, including a young officer, have been martyred in the attack by Pakistan-backed terrorists. The death of an unarmed civilian in the cross-fire is equally painful. As has always been the case, the security men did a commendable job by evacuating a large number of civilians trapped in the building in which terrorists took shelter,' Poswal said. 'I urge Union Home Minister to order a probe so that the facilitators of the attack are exposed and dealt under the law,' he said. 'Under a well thought-out conspiracy, the terrorists are driving youth away from government programmes aimed at providing them means of livelihood. The EDI in Kashmir has been instrumental in providing jobs through entrepreneurship programmes to thousands of youth,' Poswal added. He said the institute could be ideal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's youth-friendly 'Startup India' programme and Pakistan-backed terrorists did not want Kashmiri youth to prosper. 'They (Pakistan) want them to take up arms and spread violence,' Poswal alleged. The BJP leader rued that mainstream regional parties which made tall claims about 'restoration of peace in Kashmir' have not so far condemned the attack.