Congress cautions govt., says Pampore encounter ‘unfortunate’

New Delhi,[India] Oct. 10 : Taking serious note of the ongoing exchange of fire between the militants and security forces in Pampore area of Kashmir, the Congress Party on Monday pointed out that there has been increase in terrorist activities post the September 21 surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) and urged the BJP-led NDA regime to handle this issue with all seriousness.

Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed dubbed the ongoing encounter as extremely unfortunate and said that efforts should be made to stop such events.

"But all of us are observing from the past few days that especially after the latest surgical strikes such events have increased, ceasefire violations have increased, terrorist activities have increased.

So, the government should handle this with all seriousness," he told ANI. Earlier in the day, a soldier was injured in the gun battle between the security forces and militants holed up inside a government building in Pampore.

As per reports, two to three militants are believed to have entered into the building of Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) in the early hours today.

Meanwhile, commenting on reports suggesting that the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) plans to execute a 2001 style attack on the Parliament to avenge the Indian Army's surgical strikes, the Congress leader said this information should be taken with all seriousness.

"There was an attack on the Parliament earlier when Vajpayee ji was the Prime Minister. So, the government must initiate all effective steps to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the future," he added.

Source: ANI