Omar rebuts Army's view on Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday sharply reacted to a recent statement of Army, which described situation in the Valley as alarming.

“There is no alarming situation. But when we use words like alarming, we ourselves are alarming people. The fact of the matter is with every passing day militancy is decreasing. And I don’t feel anyone should use such words like alarming,” Omar told reporters outside the state Assembly complex here.

General Officer Commanding (GOC) of valley based 15-Corps, Lieutenant General Om Prakash had on Tuesday described situation in the Valley as alarming saying 500 to 600 militants were ready to infiltrate from across the LoC with Pakistan.

However, Omar insisted that “situation is not alarming and if we say it is alarming then it reflects someone’s failure and then we have to talk about whose failure it is.” “A day before (the GOC issued the statement) he met me. He did not talk about any alarming thing. Yes, he stated that there (are) some people across LoC trying to infiltrate. That is nothing new. Tourists are coming in large numbers. People are doing their work. And government work is going on and I don’t think anyone should see this condition as alarming,” he added.

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