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Explore other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire: Omar Abdullah

Last Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 16:39

Zee Media Bureau

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday asked the Centre to explore other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire.

Questioning the role of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Omar asked whether these ceasefire violations are taking place at the behest of Pak PM or the incidents are taking place because he does not have control over the prevailing situation.

"I don`t understand whether Pak Prime Minister is involved (in the violations) or he is not in control of the situation," he reportedly said.

Omar further said that if the ceasefire is violated again, then a befitting reply needs to be given.

"It cannot be a one-sided affair, we can`t be at the receiving end without giving any response," Omar said, as per news reports.

Reacting to Nawaz Sharif asking for US intervention on Kashmir issue, Omar reportedly said, "Pakistan PM is guilty of playing to his home audience. Clearly, he knows from experience that India will not accept any sort of foreign intervention in the matter of Jammu and Kashmir. Make it clear that no sort of mediation or any sort of role for a third party exists (in Kashmir). It is something that both the countries have agreed."
The sharp reaction from the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister comes in the wake continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistan in the recent times.

Referring to the meeting between Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, Omar said that Manmohan Singh was very direct in putting across nation`s concerns.

In a recent offensive, the Pakistan troops targeted the Indian posts and opened firing along the International Border in Jammu district late on Sunday which continued throughout the night.

The heavy firing created panic among villagers who have been fleeing the areas after being caught between the shooting.

Omar said ceasefire along the LoC and International Border was one of the major steps that was mutually agreed by both the countries.

A total of 136 ceasefire violations have been reported in 2013, the highest in the past 8 years, a Defence spokesman said.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will be visiting the areas along the International Border on Tuesday to review the security situation.

(With Agencies Inputs)

First Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 11:28
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