FILE: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah (Press Trust of India photo)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today accused former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah of deriving "sadistic pleasure" over the intensification of violence along the India-Pakistan border.
"By saying 'Mufti's dream of early Indo-Pak dialogue was crashing' with apparent reference to the latest ceasefire violation on borders, Omar Abdullah has not only added insult to injury of the millions of people who want peace in the region, but has repeated his family line of thinking which calls for bombardment as the only viable solution to solve the Kashmir problem," PDP chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said in a statement.
Last night, Mr Abdullah tweeted, "If Mufti's BJP alliance hinges on an early resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue, then the sound you hear are his dreams crashing to the floor," apparently making a reference to the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistan. His comment came after
Mehbooba Mufti, daughter of the PDP's top leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, dropped hints that the party was open to an alliance with the BJP.
Slamming the former chief minister for his tweet, Mr Akhtar said Mr Abdullah was "deriving sadistic pleasure over intensification of violence on borders between India and Pakistan".
"Somebody who has served as a Chief Minister and the country's Foreign Minister should use this language is appalling," he said.
Mr Akhtar said that the National Conference leader had exposed the shallowness of his thought and his inability to even hide it through his latest tweet.
The PDP leader also said that peace and prosperity in the entire South Asian region was not just Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's dream, but of everybody who had suffered immensely because of the tension between India and Pakistan and wanted to see the end of their sufferings through dialogue and the amicable resolution of political problems.
"Mufti only shares and channelises the feelings of generations of people living in the state in constant fear of war, dislocation, destruction and loss of life," he said.
The spokesperson said the truce initiated by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003 had played a significant role in soothing relations between India and Pakistan and had given a hope to the masses but that got derailed when the National Conference led-coalition took over the reins of the state in 2009 under Mr Abdullah's leadership.
Mr Akhtar said peace and reconciliation constituted the core features of the PDP's agenda and it believed that the establishment of durable and dignified peace alone could pull the region out of its economic distress.