SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday condemned multiple militant attacks in the Valley causing death of 21 people including 11 security men and asked central government to plug gaps in Counter Insurgency (CI) grid in the State while opposition PDP and BJP said gun cannot solve any issue.
“My heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in four militant attacks in the Valley,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
He said it is a terrible day as 4 attacks have taken place in the Valley. “Number security force personnel and innocent civilians have been killed in the valley today,” he said.
At least 21 people including eight militants, 11 security men and two civilians were killed in four militant attacks in the Valley on Friday.
The deadliest of the attack was in Uri where 11 security men and six militants were killed.
“Attacks once again shows the desperate levels militants will go to disrupt peace and normalcy,” Omar said.
He asked Home Minister to take steps to plug the gaps in CI grid.
Meanwhile, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said violence is a zero sum game which does not solve any problem but gives rise to more complexities.
“The perpetrators of violence must realize that it is not through gun and grenade that political problems can be resolved. The dialogue and reconciliation are the only options for making the headway in finding a solution,” he said.
Expressing concern at the sudden spurt in violence in the Valley, Mehbooba said administration must come out with the facts about these incidents and expose the culprits and their intentions.
BJP’s spokesman in Kashmir, Khalid Jehangir also condemned the militant attacks and described the surge in violence ahead of the third phase of elections as “unfortunate.”
He said violence cannot resolve any issue and gun is no solution.