Omar, Mehbooba advocate against war, bat for peace

Omar, Mehbooba advocate against war, bat for peace
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Srinagar, Feb 26: In the backdrop of rising tension between India and Pakistan following Balakot airstrike by Indian Air Force (IAF) jets, two former chief ministers of J&K Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti said war is never an ideal option to resolve dispute and batted for peace.
“JeM hit Indian forces & claimed the attack. In turn Indian forces hit JeM & owned that air strike. It’s now time for cooler heads to prevail. War is never an ideal option to resolve disputes. Let’s go back to the India-Saudi joint statement of last week,” Abdullah, who is the National Conference (NC) Vice President, wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Meanwhile, Mehbooba, who is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, said if her aversion to unnecessary retaliation and subsequent war makes gullible people question her nationalism then so be it. “I would rather bat for peace and save lives than sacrifice countless ones just to satisfy collective egos and misplaced sense of pride & patriotism,” Mehbooba twitted.
She said since Pakistan has claimed that no casualties were reported despite IAF violating LoC, they should adopt a reconciliatory stand as opposed to further escalation.
Or else, she said an already volatile situation will spiral out of control and as usual and Kashmiris will be the biggest casualties.
“Agree. The only thing worse is disagreeing with war mongers and then being at the receiving end by being asked to prove ones sense of patriotism. In which world does an aversion to senseless bloodshed make you a traitor?” she twitted.
Reacting to a tweet which quoted Mehbooba saying, ‘when two elephants [India & Pakistan] fight, it is the grass [Kashmiris] that suffers’, she said, “Yes and it stands true. Can only hope and pray that good sense prevails soon. How much more will J&K suffer? Kitni der tak hum khamyaza bhugte gain?”
“Pulwama attacks has undoubtedly vitiated the nation’s atmosphere. People are baying for blood & want revenge. But let’s not forget violence begets violence. Having said that in which part of the world does advocating peace and not wanting senseless violence make one a traitor?” Mehbooba added.