Omar Abdullah's Shocker: 'Irresponsible Statement' by Ministers Sparked Nagrota Attack
File Photo: Omar Abdullah
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Thursday sparked a controversy by saying "irresponsible statements" by senior Union ministers provoked the terror attack on the Nagrota Army camp.
The ministers in their statements post the surgical strike (September 29) had provoked Pakistan by saying now it will not dare target India, Omar said.
The BJP immediately lashed out at him with party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao saying Omar's statement was "completely irresponsible."
BJP's Siddharth Nath Singh called the statement "outlandish", adding that the NC leader was "conveniently" trying to put the blame for the Nagrota attack on Indian leaders, especially the defence minister.
Two officers and five jawans were killed when three terrorists attacked the 16th Corps base camp near Jammu on Tuesday morning.
After the backlash, Omar's aide Tanveer Sadiq said the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister only meant that the "chest-thumping" of the ministers has not helped India and that Pakistan continued to provoke.