2 days later, Omar says war not a solution

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TANGDHAR: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who had asked New Delhi on Monday to explore “other options” if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire, said today war is not a solution to any problem.

Advocating peace and tranquility between India and Pakistan, Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that wars have never solved any issue and these only bring destruction and miseries.

Addressing a public gathering at Tangdar (Karnah), a remot area in Kupwara District on LOC the Chief Minister said that the shelling by Pakistan on the villages in Jammu and other areas has made him seriously concerned about the life of people living in frontier areas. “I would continue to stress on Union Government to take up this matter with the Pakistan and resolve the issue so that peace rules the roost on borders and on the Line of Actual Control (LOC)”, he said.

“No one in Jammu and Kashmir or in the country is in favour of war as the wars are no solution to any issue”, he said and added that friendship requires equal response from either sides. 

“Friendship is like the clap needing two hands to perform. If one side extends the hand of friendship the other side also needs to reciprocate”, he said and expressed serious concern over the violation of ceasefire and shelling at LOC and IB. 

He said the ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan signed and implemented in 2003 has been highest reward for the people of Jammu and Kashmir particularly living on the LOC and International Border (IB).

The Chief Minister expressed the hope that the situation will come to normality and the two neighbours talk to each other to settle all outstanding issues in an amicable and peaceful manner.

On development programmes of the government, the Chief Minister said that peace gives fillip to development and the dividends of peace percolates down the line to poorer people. He said the achievements registered by his government during the last over four and a half years are before the public and they would judge the performance of the government on this count.

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