SRINAGAR: In joint appeal, former J&K Chief Ministers and political rivals Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah on Monday have urged the Centre to ensure the “safety and security of Kashmiris everywhere”.
In a joint appeal @MehboobaMufti & I have condemned the attacks directed against Kashmiris in some parts of the country. We have appealed for calm so as to defeat the nefarious plans of our enemies who perpetrated attacks like the Pulwama attack. https://t.co/7MiWK770RS
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 18, 2019
A humble appeal from us. Current state of affairs is worrying since lumpen elements are trying to exploit & redirect peoples anger to innocent Kashmiris who aren’t responsible for the Pulwama attacks. They deserve your love & compassion at a time when they’re most vulnerable. https://t.co/cvOK5GjY73
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 18, 2019
“Intimidating Kashmiris is aimed at creating a wedge between different communities in India. We should not allow terror to divide us. By using such incidents to divide us, we fall into the trap of those behind the attack on CRPF personnel. We are wittingly or unwittingly playing to the tunes of our enemies,” Mehbooba and Omar said in a joint statement.
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The two former chief ministers asserted that attacking, terrorizing innocent Kashmiris because of their ethnicity or religion is no way to honour the sacrifice of the CRPF men, they said.
“Kashmiri Muslims or the Muslims of Jammu didn’t attack our CRPF personnel the other day; militants did. This violence is a convenient tool by some to shift the blame. Let us unite against terror, let’s not allow terror to divide us,” they said.