Srinagar/ Jammu: In the backdrop of militant strike in Kathua, ruling National Conference president and UPA Minister Farooq Abdullah Friday said India and Pakistan need to sit together to have decisive talks to end militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
“It (Kathua attack) is a proof that militancy in our neighbourhood has not stopped. Let me make one thing clear that without settlement with Pakistan, militancy will not end,” Abdullah, who is National Conference candidate from the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, told reporters here.
He said the talks the two countries have to be very decisive so that militancy ends, otherwise the people of Jammu and Kashmir will continue to suffer and the militants will continue to cross the border.
“Howsoever we might make it (the Line of Control) impermeable, they (militants) will still penetrate as you have seen in Kathua today. That is why I have always said, not only here but even in Indian Parliament, that… India and Pakistan must sit down and sort out their affairs as quickly as possible so that this militancy can end,” Abdullah said.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned the militant attacks in Kathua district and said such “barbarian act s” amply expose the “anti-human face” of militants.
“Such barbarian act of terrorists amply exposes their anti-human face,” Omar said.
The Chief Minister, in his condolence message to the bereaved families, has expressed solidarity with them and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and early recovery of those injured in the attacks.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president Saifuddin Soz too condemned the attacks and said the state administration should move swiftly and nab the culprits.
“I strongly condemn the firing by unknown gunmen in Hiranagar area of Kathua district today. I urge the state administration to move swiftly and nab the culprits,” Soz said in a statement here.
“I hope that law enforcing machinery of the state will remain alert and not allow the disruptive elements to cause any harm to the peaceful electoral process which is going on smoothly,” Soz added.
Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemned the attacks and asked the people to frustrate the “evil designs” of those forces who are bent upon to disrupt peace in the region.
“Today’s attacks (in Kathua) were the handiwork of anti-peace forces. We strongly condemn the attacks and express sympathy with the family of an innocent civilian who lost his life,” PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and president Mehbooba Mufti said in a joint statement.
They called upon the people to frustrate “evil designs” of those forces who are bent upon to disrupt peace in this region.
Expressing their condolences with the family of the slain civilian, the PDP leaders asked the authorities to provide adequate medical facilities to those who were injured in the attacks.CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and several other pro-India leaders also condemned the attacks.