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Countering Pak offensive Centre's responsibility: CM

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said countering Pakistani offensive on the border was responsibility of the Centre and the state has no role to play.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2014 19:37 IST
Toufiq Rashid

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said countering Pakistani offensive on the border was responsibility of the Centre and the state has no role to play.

Responding to demands from the opposition about debate on the cross border shelling of civilian areas, Abdullah said, "While the government was fully aware of the difficulties of people and is taking all necessary measures to mitigate these, the issue of shelling across the LoC and its reply is the matter to be tackled by the Centre."

"Our job is to ensure that the affected people are rehabilitated and don't face many difficulties. We are doing that,'' he added.

Wearing a black headband in protest, Balwant Singh Mankotia of Panthers Party from Udhampur demanded discussion on the border firing on the first day of the session of the legislative assembly.
The speaker, Mubarak Gul, however, disallowed the discussion saying that the day was reserved for paying respect to the deceased members of the assembly. The speaker also said that the border issue was a central issue to be dealt by the defence ministry.

Speaker remarked that "such firing will continue until Kashmir dispute is resolved.''
Abdullah had on Sunday slammed the Narendra Modi government for calling off the Indo-Pak talks.
Talking about ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the last one month, Abdullah had said, "Ceasefire violations have been increasing in intensity and not only are the BSF posts attacked but also civilian areas. People are forced to flee the civilian areas.''

"Given the breakdown of communication between India and Pakistan, I don't know how will the Narendra Modi government resolve the issue? But they have to as they promised people of India of ache din. And those living on the borders are also part of the country and entitled to ache din,'' Abdullah said.
Abdullah said that for people living in the border, life is "going from bad to worse."

The chief minister who was out of the state for his father and party patron Farooq Abdullah's treatment when the talks between the two countries were called off slammed the Modi government for cancellation of talks over a 'cup of tea'.

"The cancellation of talks was not a result of ceasefire violations but a cup of tea,'' Abdullah said. "The cup of tea has been a norm since 1994. It is Pakistan's moral support and to expect they would stop this before the overall settlement of Kashmir issue is expecting too much from Pakistan,'' he said.
"So the presumption that as long as tea continues the talks will not resume is not going to help Kashmiris,'' he added.

The number of ceasefire violations, have dramatically increased since the Modi government took the decision of cancelling the foreign secretary-level talks following a meeting between Kashmiri separatists and Pakistani high commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi.