The J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday described Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi’s remark that 'Indians are not large hearted' as 'painful' and said, 'his statement will have no impact on the process of dialogue between India and Pakistan.'
“I am not going to get into this. From time to time statements are made and I don’t believe that Shahid Afridi’s statement will have any impact on the process of dialogue between India and Pakistan,' Omar said in response to a question about Shahid Afridi’s controversial statement.
Afridi during a chat show on TV had said, 'They (Indians) just can’t have the kind of heart a Muslim has or a Pakistani has. I think they don’t have the sort of big hearts, pure hearts, Allah has given us.' He, however, later insisted that his remarks had been taken out of context.
Omar was fielding media queries on the sidelines of two-day workshop on ‘Practising Responsible Tourism’ organised by Eco-Tourism Society of India and World Wildlife Fund in collaboration with State Tourism Department in Jammu.
Chief Minister, asserted that India is committed to a sustained dialogue with Pakistan and so long as there is no violence like in Mumbai and elsewhere this dialogue process will continue.
Supporting the indefinite hunger strike by veteran activist and Gandhian Anna Hazare for a stronger Lokpal Bill, Omar said, 'it is a valuable campaign. He is opting the most democratic mean of protesting something that our founding fathers used to make of it to attain independence for the country.'
When, asked about Chinese troops’ stationing on the line of control (LoC) between India and Pakistan, Omar declined to comment and responded: 'Please pose this question to the Government of India. As far as I am concerned my job is development of areas including borders areas particularly in Leh and Ladakh. We are continuing with campaign of development but as far as China’s military presence is concerned that is the question of central government.'
Lt Gen KT Parnaik, who heads the operationally critical Northern Command, had on Tuesday warned that China's military presence in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir was too close for India’s comfort.