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Ceasefire violations worse after PM-Sharif meeting: Omar Abdullah

Author: Deepshikha Ghosh
Publication: NDTV.com
Date: October 18, 2013
URL: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/ceasefire-violations-worse-after-pm-sharif-meeting-omar-abdullah-433861?pfrom=home-india

Condemning the recent spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the border, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the situation had worsened after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif last month.

"I am unable to understand who is behind these attacks and what is the intention behind them. It was only a few days ago that our Prime Minister met Pakistani Prime Minister in New York. They spoke about the ceasefire violation and it was decided that the DGMOs (Director General Military Operations) of both these countries will talk to each other and find a solution to this problem. Instead of getting solved, the matter is getting worse," Mr Abdullah said.

The comments came as Indian troops fought back firing from Pakistan in the RS Pura sector, in which a BSF jawan was injured. Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire at least nine times in five days.

Mr Abdullah said New Delhi should strongly take up the repeated violations with Islamabad.

"I appeal to the Indian authorities to take up strong talks with Pakistan. It will be extremely difficult to maintain talks on ceasefire if the situation worsens," the 43-year-old Chief Minister said. "I just want the people living near the line of control, to lead a normal life."

A comprehensive intelligence assessment states that over 700 well-trained and heavily-armed terrorists, mostly from the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohhmad, are waiting at various launch pads on the Pakistani side close to the Line of Control, the de facto border with Pakistan.

There have been 193 ceasefire violations by Pakistan since January this year, much more than the 117 reported last year and 61 in 2011.

In New York, both Prime Ministers had agreed to deescalate tension on the border in Kashmir as a priority and a prerequisite for any movement forward in ties.
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