New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday stoked a controversy by saying Nagrota terror attack was result of statements made by various ministers against Pakistan post surgical strikes along the Line of Control.
While addressing the press, the National Congress leader also disapproved of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's statement where he had said - "We don't itch for a fight, but if someone looks at the country with evil eye, we will gouge his eyes out and put them back in his hand, we have that much power.”
The ex-J&K CM said if such statements are made, then Nagrota type action is expected.
The NC leader was also of the view that PM Narendra Modi's statement that demonetisation move will end terrorism was also the reason behind terror attacks.
BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh termed Abdullah's statemnets as 'outlandish', saying India has never provoked Pakistan and it has been Islamabad's policy to bleed India 'by a thousand cuts'.
In a first, India on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army inflicting "significant casualties" on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan occupied-Kashmir, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Uri attack would not go unpunished.
Jammu region was rocked by two terror attacks on Tuesday in which seven Army personnel, including two Major-rank officers, were killed and eight other securitymen, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.
In one incident, a group of heavily-armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota, about three kms from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city this morning, triggering an intense gunbattle that lasted for hours.
Seven Army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack before three terrorists were killed in an armed stand-off which also involved a hostage-like situation with 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children being held captive.
Three terrorists were gunned down by BSF in Ramgarh area of Samba near the International Border after an encounter that lasted several hours and was followed by intense cross-border firing by Pakistani troops. Four security personnel, including BSF DIG, were injured in this incident.