Omar Abdullah asks Pakistan to take a strict action against terror outfits

March 4th, 2009 - 10:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar, Mar 4 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, on Wednesday said Pakistan needs to take a stringent action against perpetrators of the recent attack on touring Sri Lankan team, which visited that nation after Indian team opted not to visit Pakistan following Mumbai terror attacks.
Abdullah said that that had it been the Indian cricket team instead of Sri Lankan team, India and Pakistan could have felt drawn to a war-like situation.
“It was the Sri Lankan team. We were to play these matches. Had our team been there and had our team been targeted, God forbid any such situation, but in such a scenario, we would have been in a war like situation today,” said Abdullah visiting to the famous tulip gardens of Srinagar.
Omar also said that it was high time Pakistan took stock of the situation, and make a sincere effort to root out the problem.
“I have not seen anyone blaming India directly for the attacks. They are saying that there is a foreign hand involved. No one has said that India is involved. The fact is that Pakistan itself is a victim of the forces that are operating there. Now, the time has come that Pakistan understand the issue that has become a problem for everybody. It should understand the problem is grave enough for itself also and it should make a sincere effort to root out these forces,” said Abdullah.
The subcontinent should try to fight the menace of terrorism so that it sheds the image of instability that it has earned, Omar added.
“We want to fight these forces along with Pakistan so that Pakistan emerges as a stable, secure and safe country and that the bad effect that these attacks have had on the subcontinent are reduced,” he said.
On March 3, a dozen gunmen in Pakistan’’s Lahore, attacked Sri Lanka’’s cricket team using AK-47′’s, rifles, grenades and rockets, wounding six players, a British coach and killing at least eight Pakistani security personnel in Lahore.
The attackers fired AK-47s and rockets and hurled grenades at Sri Lanka’’s team bus when it was being driven to Lahore’’s Gaddafi stadium for the third day of a match against Pakistan but they then escaped after getting into exchange of fire with police that lasted 30 minutes. (ANI)

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