Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday braved inclement weather conditions and spent some precious moments in the company of affected border residents where he tried to apply cosmetic balm on their deep wounds.
More than one week after guns have fallen silent and affected border residents have started rebuilding their lives from scratch a big army of politicians accompanied Omar Abdullah to ask about their well being and heard their grievances.
Contrary to the view point of the majority of border residents Omar utilised the opportunity to once again repeat his favorite slogan of holding parleys between India and Pakistan to resolve the issues.
“Talks are the only way forward to resolve issues. Border skirmishes have always made the lives of people living there miserable and difficult,” Omar said, during his visit to forward areas in Jammu where he met people affected by firing and shelling from across the border.
The Chief Minister said residents of LoC and border areas have to bear the brunt of the violence and their lives and property are endangered by such incidents and stressed that people wanted peace to carry on their lives smoothly.
“We do not subscribe to war, but are in favour of resolving issues through talks and in a peaceful manner,” he said, and called on authorities across the border to understand this need and help in creating calm.
Speaking to the people, Omar said the State has taken all measures to provide them relief and safeguard their lives.
“We are with you at this hour of need,” he told them, and stated that he has given directions to all concerned agencies to help the border residents.