Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has asked Pakistan to stop ceasefire violation in the interest of bringing peace in the region.
"Is Pakistan still wishing to start enmity with India at a time when Pakistan is facing worst internal terrorism threat?" asked Omar Abdullah while addressing a gathering here at this border village in district Samba, which is just 3 to 4 km inside the Indo-Pak international border.
Thousands of people started gathering in paddy fields here since morning with National Conference (NC) flags in their hands to welcome Omar Abdullah.
Omar Abdullah said that from many years ceasefire was on but few elements on the other side of border are trying to break the ceasefire which is not a good sign. "They are trying to facilitate the infiltration. Perhaps to deteriorate the condition in J&K but I request them don't do it," Omar added.
Wearing white Khan suit under a grey coat along with traditional Dogra turban, Omar Abdullah appealed both India and Pakistan to work for the peace in the region and said, "Good or bad relations between India and Pakistan has a straight impact, positive or negative on Jammu and Kashmir."
Omar Abdullah said that he has always favoured better Indo-Pak relation.
"But if Pakistan will not stop ceasefire violation then it will not be good for the region. With this attitude of Pakistan such elements get chance to speak who are against India-Pak friendship and people like me could not work
for peace in the region."
"But unfortunately Pakistan does not understand the ground reality," Omar said, adding, "To work for peace in the region it needs efforts from both sides. It is in the interest of Pak to have good relations with India because its internal scenario and situation in Afghanistan is not good."
Omar Abdullah said that one could choose friends not neighbours, "Pakistan is our neighbour and will remain till the end of this world. Pakistan should stop ceasefire violation to improve relations," said Omar and asked, "Is Pak still of the opinion that by deteriorating condition in J&K it will help Pak? ' "I think it will not," Omar added
Taking a dig on Hurriyat leaders for suspending talks with Centre, Omar said, "No issue could be solved through gun but only talks could lead to resolve any issue and same applies for J&K issue. I appeal Hurriyat leaders to be ready for talks to get a solution for J&K issue."