Pakistani Firing More Dangerous Than Chinese Threat: Omar

20 July 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Amir Karim Tantray

Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said firing from the Pakistani side on the border was more dangerous than the Chinese threat. He said firing on the border had caused serious problems for the people living near the Zero Line. Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function, Omar said, 'China does not irritate us much; Pakistan does through firing on the border. This has become problematic as it is leading to loss of lives, cattle and property.' The Chief Minister was reacting to the recent firing on the international border, in which a BSF man was killed and a few others injured. The shelling from the Pakistani side had increased the woes of people living in the area, who were not able to go to the Zero Line for agricultural purposes. Maintaining that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should tell Pakistan to stop firing, Omar said, 'Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif have developed good relations and are communicating through Twitter. I think it should be made clear to Pakistan that we want cordial relations with them and ceasefire violations will not do any good to the cause.' Omar categorically said Modi should talk tough to Pakistan as ceasefire violations were annoying the people. Replying to a question whether bad days were back for border residents, Omar said, 'It is a difficult time for them as they are facing a loss of life, property and cattle. They know how much they are suffering.' Opposing the stand of the Congress on Ved Pratap Vaidik's recent meeting with Hafiz Saeed, Omar said, 'There is nothing wrong in meeting anybody, whether it is Hafiz or anyone else. There is no harm whether Yasin Malik or Vaidik meets Hafiz. It is a fact that Hafiz's ideology is different from ours, but meeting him is no big deal.'