Shelling exposes Pakistan frustration after failure to get response on Kashmir: Omar Abdullah

Written by Press Trust of India | Jammu | Updated: Oct 6 2014, 22:44pm hrs
Condemning the shelling on civilians in Arnia belt of Jammu that left five dead, J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that the targeting of civilian areas exposed the frustration of the Pakistani government after its failure to gain international attention on the Kashmir issue.

"They (the Pakistani leadership) have nothing else to speak, but only Kashmir. Whenever they go abroad, they try to raise only Kashmir issue, but every time they miserably fail to get international attention. The cross-border shelling is an indication of their frustration," he told reporters after meeting civilians injured in the shelling at the Government Medical College Hospital here.

Omar strongly condemned the firing and said, "Either we are unable to understand Pakistans motive behind the increase in the incidents of ceasefire violations or the internal situation in Pakistan is so bad that by targeting Indian side they want to divert the attention of their own people from their internal turmoil."

The Chief Minister said that at a time when people of Jammu and Kashmir should be getting Eid greetings from the Pakistan side, the Pakistani army has gifted them with bombs.

"There was no reason to violate the ceasefire. It was a deliberate attempt from the Pakistani side to target the civilian areas. The death and injury to so many innocent civilians is a part of their nefarious designs," he said.

Omar said that so far he has not spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but if need arises he will brief him about the situation in the state following the frequent ceasefire violations.

Asked about the rehabilitation of the people affected by the cross-border firing, he said, "We have taken up the issue with the Centre. Our financial condition does not allow us to carry out the rehabilitation of our people. We want help from the Centre. The Centre must come forward to help the people of Kashmir."

Omar announced that the family members of the people who lost their lives will get ex-gratia payment and government jobs.

"The ex-gratia cheques have been signed and will be issued soon. The next of the kin of the deceased would also be given government jobs as per the rule applicable under death in harness cases," the Chief Minister said.

Earlier, after offering Eid prayers at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, Omar went to the state hospital in the city where he donated blood.

He later flew to Jammu, the winter capital of the state, to meet injured people who were undergoing treatment in various hospitals.

Meanwhile, BSF Director General D K Pathak has also left for Jammu from Delhi to take stock of the developing security situation in the area.

Five villagers were killed and 29 injured in heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistani troops targeting hamlets and outposts along the International Border in Jammu district in one of the worst ceasefire violations.