PM's silence on ceasefire violations hurtful: Omar and Azad

  • HTC/PTI, None, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 16, 2015 20:15 IST
A villager showing bullet marks fired from Pakistan during heavy shelling from Pakistan side at India-Pakistan International border at Pargwal sector in Akhnoor.(Photo by Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

National Conference and Congress question the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, claiming the lives of 6.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister on Sunday Omar said,"6 inc.(including) a woman & 12 yr (year) old boy are dead sir. They're part of your #TeamIndia. As captain of the
team your silence is hurtful sir @PMOIndia," Omar wrote on twitter.

Ex-chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah. (HT Photo)

The working president of the opposition National Conference (NC) earlier said he was "sorry" to see that the Prime Minister could not tweet a condolence message after people were killed in the shelling.

In another tweet, Omar said his father and former union minister Farooq Abdullah was the only senior political leader to visit the areas near LoC in Poonch. "So far my father is the only senior person to visit this area in Poonch to boost morale. High time ministers of Centre & state visit now," he said.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said it was unfortunate that the Prime Minister chose to "remain mute" on the killing of civilians in Pakistani shelling on Independence Day instead of giving out a strong message to the neighbouring country.

"Yesterday, a major attack had taken place, and a message should have gone to Pakistan but I feel sorry that the PM chose to remain mute on the issue," Azad told reporters.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. (HT Photo)

Replying to a question on whether talks and terror can go hand-in-hand, Azad said, "Well, this is for this particular government (Modi government) to think about. While in power, whenever we (UPA) wanted to hold talks with Pakistan, BJP which was opposition then used to ridicule and criticise us saying that talks cannot be held while terror continues. I think they don't have any clear policy with regard to Pakistan", Azad said.

Asked whether security situation had worsened after Modi government came to power, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said, "There is no denying the fact. Ever since BJP came to power at the Centre, there has been a huge increase in ceasefire violations along the International Border and LoC in Jammu and Kashmir provinces." he said.

On Independence Day on Saturday, five civilians, including a sarpanch, were killed and five others injured in heavy
firing and mortar bomb shelling by Pakistani troops at several Indian posts and civilian areas.

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