SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday condemned the multiple militant attacks in the Valley that killed 21 people, including 11 security men, and asked the Centre to plug gaps in the Counter Insurgency (CI) grid in the state, while the Opposition PDP and the BJP said bullets cannot resolve any issue.
“My heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in four militant attacks in the Valley,” Omar tweeted.
“A number of security force personnel and innocent civilians have been killed in the Valley,” 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 attack was in Uri, where 11 security men and six militants were gunned down.
“The attacks once again show the desperate level to which the militants will go to disrupt peace and normalcy in the state,” Omar said.He also urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh 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 realise that it is not through the gun and grenade that political problems are resolved. Dialogue and reconciliation are the only options for making headway in finding a solution,” she said. State BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir also condemned the militant attacks and described the surge in violence ahead of the third phase of Assembly elections as ‘unfortunate’. Violence cannot resolve any issue.