Pakistan not isolated, surgical strikes didn’t deter militants: Omar Abdullah

Calling those who question the government line 'friends of Pakistan' is a poor excuse for cogent, thought-out policy, Abdullah said.

Published: 01st December 2016 12:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st December 2016 12:57 AM   |  A+A-

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Omar Abdullah (File Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

SRINAGAR: After his father Farooq Abdullah’s controversial statement on Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK), National Conference working president and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said Pakistan is no more isolated internationally now and militants are no more deterred from attacking the security forces after the surgical strikes.

“Regardless of what BJP spokespersons would have us believe, Pakistan is no more isolated internationally today than it was six months ago,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

After the deadly militant attack on the army camp in Uri in September when 19 soldiers were killed, India had launched a diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan.

Addressing a public rally in Kozhikode on September 24 , Prime Minister Narendra Modi had vowed that India will mount a global campaign to isolate Pakistan in the world.

Pakistan was on September 30 forced to cancel the SAARC summit conference, which was scheduled for November 9-10 in Islamabad, after at least four member countries refused to attend the summit.

Omar further tweeted that it is also true that militants are no more deterred from attacking the armed forces today than they were prior to the "surgical strikes".

He was apparently referring to yesterday’s twin militant attacks on BSF near International Border in Samba and army camp at Nagrota. At least seven soldiers including two officers and six militants were killed in the twin attacks.

“So on a day on which seven soldiers lost their lives to militant bullets, the government must explain its Pakistan policy to nation,” Omar said.

Referring to criticism faced by his father and former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on his remarks that India does not have power to reclaim Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) from Pakistan, Omar said, "It's all very well to call people who question the government line 'Friends of Pakistan' but that's a poor excuse for a cogent, thought out policy".


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