Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said the militant attack on a National Conference leader’s house in Pulwama district was evidence of the risk involved in being in pro-India politics in Kashmir and no one should question the commitment of people associated with it.
“The attack on Yawar’s (Massodi) residence is evidence of the continued risk associated with being a mainstream politician in Kashmir,” he wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
“You may not like our politics sometimes but don’t question our commitment because we put our lives on the line every day for our beliefs,” Omar added.
He offered condolences to the family of two police personnel, who were killed by the militants in the attack.
“My condolences to the families of the police personnel killed in the attack on my party colleague,” Omar said.
Union minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah also condemned the militant attack on the NC leader’s house.
“We have seen lot of guns and bombs, but we are not afraid of these attacks,” Abdullah told reporters after addressing an election meeting at Chanapora here.
Abdullah said security remains a concern everywhere during polls, but added that “I have full hope that our neighbour [Pakistan] will not carry out any such attack in our elections. Our neighbour will not put any hurdle in our elections.”
“I see that our neighbour will not do such a thing (attack). What would I tell you as to who would do such things, you should have the brains to think who will do such things,” Abdullah said.
The NC president said those who stand to lose in the elections will try every trick in the book to demoralise the party workers. “Those who are on the verge of losing (the elections), will try every trick in the book to demoralise us (NC activists). But we will not be demoralised,” he said.
Meanwhile, opposition PDP president Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack, saying bloodshed will not solve any problem but lead to more tragedies only.
“There is no place for violence in politics and it is against all tenants of decency and political conduct. These unfortunate incidents only result into tragedies and will not yield anything,” she said in a statement.
She also expressed solidarity with the families of the two policemen who lost their lives in the “senseless act”.
The PDP president paid tributes to the policemen “who protected Yawar at the cost of their own lives”, saying “it is a matter of relief that Yawar had escaped unhurt”.–PTI