Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said that the twin Fidayeen attack in Jammu Division is an attempt to derail peace and dialogue process between India and Pakistan. “Time has come we expose these elements who are inimical to peace. Whenever, something untoward happens between Indian and Pakistan, its impact is felt in Kashmir,” Abdullah told reporters during a press conference at his Gupkar residence on Thursday morning.
Asked if Pakistan was playing a double game by seeking dialogue and infiltrating militants at the same time, Omar said it would be wrong to speculate whether the infiltration took place with the active knowledge of elected leadership of Pakistan.
“We do know that from time to time, the forces inimical to dialogue have sought to derail the process even though the Pakistan government has thrown its weight behind such a process.
“We have seen even when (then President) General Pervez Musharraf was committed to dialogue process, there were forces who tried to derail this process,” he said.
Omar said there will be political pressure on the Prime Minister not to move ahead in the dialogue process with Pakistan but any such move will mean a victory for the perpetrators of the attacks in Kathua and Samba.
“Clearly there will be political pressure brought to bear on the Prime Minister to resist any further movement in the dialogue process. Obviously, it is for the Prime Minister and his advisors to decide how to proceed further in this matter.
“As far as we in this state are concerned, we have always been committed to a peaceful resolution of all problems that have existed in this state and we hope that it is the course that is followed,” he said.
The Chief Minister said it will be an injustice to those brave soldiers and civilians who laid down their lives if the dialogue process is stalled due to the strikes.”They did not lay down their lives to allow the terrorists to succeed in their designs. They laid down their lives for peace,” he said.
The Chief Minister said Pakistan needs to be told in clear terms that India means business and could not tolerate such attaks. “But we need to convey this message sitting face-to-face with them,” he said.