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Omar suspects Pak intentions over LoC violations

Ashiq Hussain, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, October 17, 2012
First Published: 20:48 IST(17/10/2012) | Last Updated: 20:51 IST(17/10/2012)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday questioned the motives of "ceasefire violation" by Pakistan on Line of Control suspecting that the country either wanted to push in militants or internationalize Kashmir issue.

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Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a function at Kashmir University, Abdullah slammed Pakistan army for the "shelling" in Uri sector of LoC in North Kashmir which resulted in the death of three civilians.

"We have always been saying that their (Pakistan's) intentions are not good," Abdullah said bluntly questioning Pakistan army for "violating the ceasefire time and again"

"Whether it (ceasefire violations) is an attempt to increase the infiltration or it is an attempt to internationalize Kashmir issue again. Who are they   targeting, innocent civilians? Three innocent people were killed without any reason", he said.

Army on Tuesday said that Pakistan army fired mortar shells at a village Chrundra meters away from Line of Control in Uri dividing the two parts of Kashmir. Three persons including a teenage boy were killed of the splinter injuries after the shelling, police and army officials said.

After 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan on LoC, both the countries have accused each other's army of violations.

Abdullah said Pakistan should stop the violations as retaliation from the Indian side could lead to an unending exchange of fire between the two.

"I request them (Pakistan) to respect the ceasefire. We too have guns, shells and cannons. And if we start using them then where will this process lead us to?" he said.

Meanwhile hard-line separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has expressed anguish over the innocent deaths saying that such incidents will continue to happen until the Kashmir issue is resolved.


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