Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that despite the presence of United Nations Observers, the state has been victim of cross border terrorism since last 22 years.
Interacting with media persons regarding the recent ceasefire violations and brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops at Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar Sector, said that repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan had led to the Kargil conflict in 1999.
“For the last 22 years, Jammu and Kashmir has been the victim of cross border terrorism and firing at LoC. In spite of the presence of the United Nations here I have yet to see any strictures or any notice taken on this repeated violation at LoC. The Kargil conflict took place as a result of the similar violation of the LoC. The UN was singularly unsuccessful in either avoiding that or then resolving it,” said Abdullah.
“The state government is working hard to ensure safety. We hope that the valley will remain peaceful and secure as was during 2011-2012. People of the state are cooperating us to ensure peaceful environment here,” he added.
Tension between the two neighbours has escalated ever since Indian jawan Lance Naik Hemraj Singh was beheaded in an attack by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control on January 8.
Pakistan has denied India’s claim that its troops crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district.