Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said the relations between India and Pakistan cannot normalize until Pakistan stops infiltration and violations of ceasefire along the borders.
Reacting on the latest infiltration in Keran sector, Chief Minister after teeing-off the 17th All India Police Golf Tournament at Royal Springs Golf Course said that, terming the operation against holed up militants in Keran sector as second Kargil was media hype.
As per a local news agency, KNS, the two Prime Ministers met in New York expressing their opinions in clear terms that the situation should not remain as such and infiltration and ceasefire violations should stop on the borders.
Advocating dialogue for solving issues even as there has been a spurt in ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts from across the Line of Control (LoC), Omar said both the countries should continue to hold talks as such attempts continued even when the two countries were not talking to each other.
“When there were no talks, was the infiltration not happening? It was going on continuously even then,” he said. The Chief Minister said as the winter approaches, the infiltration attempts increase and efforts are made to push in as many of them from across the LoC.
He also said, “The attempts of infiltration take place continuously, especially in this season (summer). Winter is approaching and after snowfall, the infiltration gets not just difficult but impossible. They try to send as many people they could before the winter.”
Commenting on the Keran operation, which ended yesterday after 15 days, Omar said first they used to send the infiltrators in groups of five to six, but now they find it difficult to cross and so they send 30-40 persons in groups because even if five out of the 40 cross at LoC, they think of it as a success. This is what they try to do and it is nothing new,” he said.
Blaming the media fraternity he said, “It is you (media) who gave it hype. Did you hear the Army saying that it was a second Kargil? Did you hear the civil administration or Government of India saying it was a second Kargil? The name of second Kargil was given by you people. You create the hype and how can you blame the Army for that.”