New Delhi, Feb 19: In a joint appeal, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday expressed dismay over attacks on Kashmiris across the country and urged the government of India (GoI) to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiris everywhere.
The two former chief ministers underscored the need to maintain communal harmony across the country. In their appeal, the leaders asserted that by attacking, terrorizing, intimidating Kashmiris, the youngsters of Kashmir are implicitly being told that they have no future outside of the valley.
"Intimidating Kashmiris is aimed at creating a wedge between different communities in India. We should not allow the terror to divide us. By using such incidents to divide us, we fall into the trap of those behind the attack on CRPF soldiers; we are wittingly or unwittingly playing to the tunes of our enemies," Mehbooba and Omar said.
The leaders asserted that attacking innocent people because of their ethnicity or religion, is no way to honor the sacrifice of the CRPF men.
"Kashmiri Muslims or the Muslims of Jammu didn't attack our CRPF Jawans the other day, terrorists did. This violence is a convenient tool for some to shift the blame. Let us unite against terror, let us not allow terror to divide us," they said.