New Delhi, Feb 12: At a time when security forces are busy foiling terror attacks on a daily basis in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has called for talks with Pakistan to stop the bloodshed in the state. On the other hand, former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah adopted a tough stand, saying the government must think over its next step if the neighbouring country continues with its nefarious activities.
Speaking in the state Assembly, Mehbooba Mufti said that dialogue with Pakistan was necessary to end violence in the state. However, she quickly added that she would labelled ‘anti-national’ by TV channels for suggesting talks with Islamabad.
“Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end bloodshed (in the state). I know I will be labelled anti-national by news anchors tonight but that doesn`t matter. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are suffering. We have to talk because war is not an option,” Mufti said.
Expressing anger over the recent terror attacks in the Valley, Former CM Farooq Abdullah said trouble for Pakistan will only rise in the coming if it continues with its anti-India policies.
“Jitna aatankwad badhega, utni musibat aayegi, aur unke mulq me jyada musibat aayegi. Waha kuch bhi nahi rahega. Agar yahi surat rahi to Hindustan ki hukumat ko bhi sochna padega ki agla kadam kya hoga (If terrorism continues in such a manner, trouble is only going to rise…it will be more difficult for them. If the situation continues like this…the government must start thinking about its next course of action)” Abdullah said.
Congress Questions Govt Policies
On the other hand, the Congress raised questions over the policies of the Narendra Modi government vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir. Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that now terrorists are able to stage attacks in Jammu region as well. The region was so far safeguarded from terror attacks but th government has failed to protect the area, Azad said.
“The most disturbing fact is that attacks are now taking place in Jammu which had always been safe. Kashmir was unsafe and now this govt has made Jammu unsafe too. If centre is not being able to provide them security it means there is some fault with their policies,” he told reporters.
Terror Attacks in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed two dastardly attacks in last three days. A group of heavily armed men struck the sprawling camp of the 36 brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in Sujuwan before dawn on February 10. Five Army men, including two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), were killed in the attack.
Three terrorists were gunned down in the military operation which continued for hours.
A CRPF jawan was killed on Monday, February 12, in an attack on Karan Nagar camp. The sentry at the camp noticed two suspicious persons at around 4:30 AM, carrying backpacks and weapons. He challenged them and opened fire,” a spokesman of the CRPF said. Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) claimed the responsibility for both the attacks.