A Report By:
Harbans S Nagokay
Jammu / Srinagar, December 17
Pampore; an important station on Jammu-Srinagar national highway; has been the site of several terror strikes this year. In October, a gun-battle with two terrorists who barged into a government building ended after nearly 60 hours. Both terrorists were killed.The same seven-story Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building was also targeted in a major attack in February. Five soldiers and a civilian were killed then; three terrorists were shot dead.
Three soldiers were killed again today, after an army convoy was attacked by terrorists in Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway today. Reports said at least two more soldiers were injured in the attack that took place around 20 km from Srinagar.The terrorists fired at the army convoy at Kadlabal in Pampore town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district around 3:30 pm, the army said. The group of terrorists came on a motorcycle and ran away after the firing indiscriminately, sources said.Security forces have cordoned off the adjoining residential area and launched a search operation to track down the terrorists, an army official said, but, till last reports no serious success been achieved by our forces, as militants believed to be taken some shelter as well with local support, there-at.
Nonetheless, when CM Mehbooba Mufti is otherwise very surprised with the unrest after Burhaan’s killing, former CM Omar Abdullah also said that the Centre should start a comprehensive dialogue with various stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir as well as with Pakistan in order to achieve sustainable peace.Noting there is no alternative to political engagement, National Conference working president Omar Abdullah today said “New Delhi needs to realise that it has to talk to various stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir and resume the dialogue process with Pakistan if it wants to see normalcy and peace in Kashmir,” Omar, a former chief minister, said addressing party workers in Kupwara.Omar said his party had conveyed these thoughts to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister when the opposition parties from the state had called on them during the course of the recent unrest.
Reminding the Centre of former Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee’s efforts and policy viz-a-viz Kashmir, Omar said, “We asked them to adopt a similar policy of reconciliation and resolution rather than pushing the people of the state into a corner of suffocation and hopelessness.”Omar asked the Centre to change its “rigid stance” and adopt a nuanced and humane policy of engagement rather than treating a political issue through law and order mechanisms.The NC working president said the PDP-BJP experiment in Jammu and Kashmir had turned out to be monumental political failure that had wreaked havoc with peace and stability in the state.
Yet! Within continuous bandh since yesterday; In another series of incidents; Fire broke out in the residential house belonging to Mohammad Sultan Wagay resident of Pehlipora, Hakbara in HajinBandipora, resulting in damage to the house. Fire was brought under control by fire tenders. Then, fire also broke out in a shop at Sumbal which engulfed thenearby school, resulting in damage to both
the structures. Fire was brought under control by fire tenders.
Meanwhile, fire broke out in the residential house of Nazir Ahmad Malik resident of Rampora in MattanAnantnag, resulting in damage to the structure. Fire was brought under control by fire tenders.Fire broke out in the residential house of Sona-ul-lahBhat resident of Kangripora in Beerwah, resulting in damage to the house. Fire was brought under control by fire tender men with the assistance of local Police.
However; no loss of civilians’ life / injury had been reported.
At the end, when JK News Point team, tried to speak with locals, everyone kept mum and said that even theor prayers are doing nothing and valley is really in state of troubles and problems.