J&K Assembly polls should showcase dominance of security forces over terrorists: Omar Abdullah

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a party function , Abdullah said there is no normalcy in the union territory.
Last Updated : 11 July 2024, 09:11 IST

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Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah emphasized the importance of holding timely assembly elections in the Union Territory to assert the dominance of security forces over recent terrorist activities in the Jammu region.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a party event, here, Omar questioned whether the current situation was worse than that of 1996, suggesting that if conditions warranted, elections should not proceed.

He criticized any inclination to yield to terrorist threats, urging instead to demonstrate the supremacy of armed forces and police through the electoral process.

The former chief minister challenged the government to show courage by conducting elections and allowing the people of Jammu and Kashmir to democratically choose their leaders.

Over the past month, five terror attacks have occurred across four districts in Jammu: Reasi, Doda, Kathua, and Rajouri. This increase in attacks, particularly below the Pir Panjal range, has heightened concerns among security establishments.

Regarding the BCCI's decision to refrain from sending the Indian cricket team to Pakistan, Omar noted that bilateral series between the two countries had not occurred for many years, emphasizing that the BCCI had the autonomy to decide on participation in tournaments.

Published 11 July 2024, 09:11 IST

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