It’s time to destroy militant camps in Pak: BJP

, 9:12 AM IST

Jammu: Condemning the attack on CRPF personnel in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, BJP today said it was time the Centre directed the security forces to “attack and destroy” militant training camps across the border in Pakistan.

The party said the Centre and the state government should adopt a proactive policy to “flush out and eliminate” all terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Instead of adopting a soft approach towards terrorists, the Centre and the state government should adopt a decisive and pro-active policy and formulate an action plan to flush out and eliminate all militants,” BJP’s state unit spokesperson Virender Gupta said.

“Enough is enough. The time has come when our forces should be asked to attack and destroy the militant training camps across the border,” he said.

Gupta urged the central and state governments to provide “substantial and sustainable” help to the families of the BSF jawans who were killed in the ambush on Saturday.

He also expressed grave concern over a large number of educated youths taking to militancy, saying: “There is a general perception that Kashmiri youths are being groomed and motivated to join militant ranks by some of the school, college and university teachers and religious preachers.”

“Therefore, it is essential that the state and central security agencies identify such elements and take action against them,” he said.

Gupta said it was time the security cover provided to separatist leaders was also be withdrawn.

“There is no justification for providing security to people who dance to the tune of foreign agencies and work to destroy the country.

“Providing security to these unscrupulous elements is a burden on the national exchequer and against the interests of the nation,” he added.

Gupta also said the government should have a relook at its policy towards Pakistan and China.