Pak should silence its guns to normalise situation, says Omar

  • PTI, Bishnah, Samba
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2014 00:05 IST

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday asserted that the only way for Pakistan to normalise the border situation is to silence its guns even as he took a dig at Islamabad for approaching UNMOG saying complaining to "toothless" body will serve no purpose.

"The easiest way, if Pakistan wants to normalise the situation, is to silence its guns. If they stop shelling, I am sure that everyone will stop from here. And that will put an end to this," he said.

"Pakistan is deliberately targeting civilian areas that is evident from the number of the casualties that has occurred on this side," he told reporters after interacting with shelling-hit people at camps here.

The chief minister reached Jammu on Thursday and met shelling affected families in camps. He also took stock of the facilities being provided to them.

"During the ceasefire violation along the border, there have been eight deaths and more than 80 injuries, some of them are critical in hospitals, that shows the extent of shelling and seriousness of the situation.

"On our side, we are trying to minimise the casualties by evacuating the areas along the border and I believe that we have achieved fair deal of success," he said.

Omar also took a dig at Pakistan for approaching UN Military Observer Group.

"UNMOGIP, you know all is a toothless organisation. It has never been able to stop any ceasefire violation at LoC or IB".

Omar said, "In 25 years of militancy including infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir when has UNMOGIP played any role in this. Kargil war happened under the very nose of UNMOGIP".

"The matter that Pakistan has gone and made a complaint to this toothless organisation, to my mind, it will serve absolutely no purpose," chief minister said.

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