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Attack ultras’ camps in Pak, says Farooq
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Jammu, October 19
The Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, has reiterated that India should strike against terrorist camps across the border.

A Sikh Indian soldier carries his weapon on the Line of Control bordering Pakistan in Kashmir on Friday.
An Indian soldier carries his weapon on the Line of Control in Kashmir on Friday. India said on Friday it had no plans at present to cross into Pakistan-held territory in "hot pursuit" of Islamic guerrillas. — Reuters
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He reasoned, “If the USA can strike on Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York, why cannot we take action against terrorists operating for Pakistan?”

Dr Abdullah told newsmen at an NCC function in Nagrota, near here, today that it was high time to strike against the militants and their training camps in Pakistan and occupied Kashmir.


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He said that after the operations launched by the US Government and its allies against terrorists in Afghanistan was completed other areas should be brought under the operation.

He said, “Our patience has been exhausted. We cannot tolerate killing of innocent people because for the past 12 years, we have witnessed enough bloodshed in the state.”

He said, “It is time to take retaliatory measures against militants backed by Pakistan by destroying the training camps and bases across the border.”

The CM said, “Terrorism should not be linked with any religion and punitive measures are needed to smash the source of terrorism.”

He said, “It is unfortunate that India has suffered heavily on account of terrorism for the past 20 years and the only way left to us is to hit back and finish the menace of terrorism.”

The Chief Minister wanted the Government of India to act fast and emulate the US Government which launched an attack on the terrorist bases in Afghanistan, otherwise “we will have to face death and destruction on a big scale.”
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