Omar: Militants To Blame If Forces Hit Harder After Truce

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SRINAGAR — Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said militants “will only have themselves to blame” if security forces hit them harder than before after the Centre’s peace initiative ends.

On May 16, the Union government directed security forces not to launch counter-militancy operations during Ramazan but said they reserve the right to retaliate if attacked.

“With the militant organisations doing their best to make sure the ceasefire is a failure they will only have themselves to blame if the security forces come back at them even harder when the ceasefire ends,” Abdullah tweeted.

He was reacting to the two militant attacks in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Pulwama districts in which two policemen were killed and six other security personnel were injured.

Abdullah said those who killed the policemen in Pulwama “deserve nothing but eternal flames of hell”.

“And that too on the night of Shab-e-Qadr. The killers of these police personnel deserve nothing but the eternal flames of hell & that is where they are destined to find themselves. Condolences to the families of the deceased,” he said on Twitter.

Mehbboba: Such Incidents Can Mar Truce, Talks   

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti cautioned people against incidents like twin attacks in south Kashmir on Tuesday, saying they have potential of depriving them from the gains of the peace moves like suspension of security operations and dialogue offer undertaken.

In a statement issued here, She strongly condemned the killing of two Policemen in a pre-dawn attack at Pulwama today.

The Chief Minister described the act as highly reprehensible which was committed in a night during which the entire Muslim Ummah was seeking forgiveness from Allah (SWT).

“Mehbooba Mufti cautioned people against such incidents which have the potential of depriving them from the gains of the peace moves like suspension of security operations and dialogue offer undertaken by the State and Central Governments recently,” an official spokesman said in the statement.

She asked people to stand guard of the positivity generated by these peace moves on the ground which has given them ample relief and ease.

The Chief Minister has conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families of the slain cops while praying for peace to the departed souls.

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