Omar Abdullah hits out at Nawaz Sharif, BSF asked to retaliate strongly

Last Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 21:02

Jammu/New Delhi: With the latest ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir injuring 11 civilians, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday hit out at its Premier Nawaz Sharif while the BSF has been asked by the Union Government to retaliate with equal measure any unprovoked firing.
In the fresh violation, three more civilians were injured as Pakistani troops opened fire and shelled 17 border out posts and hamlets along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Samba districts overnight taking to 11 the total number of injured civilians.

As the massive spurt in ceasefire violations sparked concern in India, BJP said these incidents along the Line of Contol(LoC) and the IB in J& K are totally "unacceptable" and asked the Centre to "teach Pakistan a lesson" through political means.

Omar, who met the border dwellers injured in the Pakistani shelling at GMC Hospital in Jammu this morning, slammed Sharif over the ceasefire violations, maintaining it cannot take place without his consent and questioned what was the use of his talking friendship and dialogue with India.

"As a Primer Minister of Pakistan, the violation of ceasefire cannot be without his consent", Omar said while addressing a large gathering of affected people in border area of R S Pura belt of Jammu district. "Clearly, he either lacks the will, intention and sincerity or has no control over his Army."

"If that is so then what is the use of talking friendship and dialogue by Pak Premier," he asked the leadership of Pakistan.

Omar said Sharif should honour the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan. "If Sharif wants to go the "extra mile" to make peace with India he should first ensure that the ceasefire violations stop."

Highly placed sources in Delhi said the Border Security Force (BSF) has been given directions to retaliate with equal measure any unprovoked firing from across the border.

At the same time, BSF is likely to make fresh efforts to have a flag meeting with its counterpart Pakistan Rangers to defuse tension along the Indo-Pak border in the wake of continuous heavy exchange of firing between the two forces.

The Home Ministry has asked the BSF to try to hold a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers as soon as possible to reduce tension along the IB.

"The activities taking place on the border since the last two months are unacceptable. Time has come to respond to Pakistan in clear terms because if it does not stop what it is doing, then there are many political ways to teach the country a lesson so that it does not dare to do such things again," BJP national spokesman Prakash Javadekar said in Srinagar.

Referring to the ceasefire violations, Omar said, "Whether this is with the approval of Pakistan government or the Pakistan government is not being considered or consulted when this sort of fire is opened, I don`t know."

Asserting that he was one of the strongest supporters of dialogue between India and Pakistan, he described the present situation as "extremely difficult" and said, "The onus is on both the nations to create an atmosphere of a dialogue.

"You cannot expect only one to keep talking about talks and on the other side ignoring it...If Nawaz Sharif really means what he is saying, if he wants to walk the extra mile, then walk the extra mile," he said.

Omar said the ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan in 2003 was the highest gift for the people living on International Border and LoC who used to face great trouble due to shelling and firing.

He said despite bitterness developing between India and Pakistan on many occasions due to the militancy and terrorist attacks, the agreement stood firm and for the last ten years borders and LoC remained peaceful and tranquil.

The Chief Minister expressed hope that peace and tranquility will be restored on the borders and LoC, enabling people to live a normal life.

He praised the border area population for showing highest degree of bravery and for safeguarding the borders.

Earlier, the Chief Minister interacted with affected families and heard their woes regarding damage caused to life, property and agriculture by the shelling.

PTI

First Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 19:39

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