Leaders should refrain from dragging Army into politics: Omar

Srinagar: J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said politicians like SP leader Azam Khan should refrain from dragging the Army into the "murky world of divisive communal politics" as unity of soldiers was the biggest strength of the Indian defence forces.

"So politicians like Azam Khan are well advised to refrain from dragging the army into the murky world of divisive communal politics," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"The biggest strength of the Indian defence forces hasn't been their equipment or training, but how people from diverse religions, backgrounds and political beliefs have fought and died shoulder-to-shoulder without any of the aforementioned things becoming a factor," he added.

Referring to the 1999 India-Pakistan Kargil war at an election rally in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on Monday night, Azam Khan had said, "Those who fought for victory in Kargil were not Hindu soldiers, in fact the ones who fought for our victory were Muslim soldiers."

Khan had also said that no one could guard the country's borders better than those from the Muslim community.

PTI
First Published: Wednesday, April 09, 2014, 19:35
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