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End hostilities: Omar to India, Pakistan

Hours after five members of a family were killed along the Line of Control (LoC) after India and Pakistan armies traded heavy fire at Mendhar in Poonch district, working president of National Conference and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday appealed India and Pakistan to end hostilities to save further loss of innocent lives on the borders. “The best gift India and Pakistan gave to the border residents was ceasefire agreement which they signed in 2003. Off late it has remained confined to papers only as every day we see exchange of fire along LoC resulting in loss of innocent lives,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of function at DamhalHanjipora –Noorabad here. The function was organized by the NC to pay tributes to senior party leader Wali Muhammad Itoo on his 24thth death anniversary.
Pitching for dialogue between two neighbours, Omar said that India and Pakistan should initiate talks and stick to the ceasefire agreement.
Earlier, Omar took a dig at ruling Peoples Democratic Partyfor what he called “surrendering” interests of people to its alliance partner- BharatiyaJanata Party for power.
The former chief minister said that his party (NC) offered “unconditional support” to PDP in the larger interest of our people. “We had made it clear that we don’t need ministries and berths in Legislative Council. But they chose RSS. Today they stand exposed,” he added.
Omar said that the Muslims of Jammu are being “punished” and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti is watching “helplessly.” “Family members of Asifa (an eight year old nomad girl raped and murdered in Kathua area in January this year)were not even allowed to bury her body and their electric and water supply was snapped just for the reason thatthey happen to be Muslims from Gujjarcommunity.She ( Mehbooba) can only watch,” he said.

The NC working president said that her cabinet ministers participated in the solidarity rally taken out by RSS to support the murder accused and rapists. “But she couldn’t do anything,” said Omar.
He said that the RSS activists carried a national flag in their hands to seek the release of the accused. “Even then our Chief Minister acted as a mute spectator,” Omar added.
Referring to the alleged backdoor appointments, Omar said, “I am surprised that no probe has been carried out yet into fraudulent appointments in Khadi and Village Board despite CM’s assurance. Has her order not been implemented or it was a mere eye wash to hoodwink people?”

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