Omar hits out at Modi for ‘continuing’ with his election campaign

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Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, Feb 28: With an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot being captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah said that the Prime Minister ‘continuing’ with his election campaign indicates either Wing Commander Abhinandan will be back in the next couple of day or Narendra Modi ‘doesn’t care enough’.
“PM Modi continuing with his #Elections2019 campaign is the surest sign #WingCommanderAbhinandan will be back in the next 24-48 hours. Either that or he really just couldn’t care less,” Mr Abdullah, who is the Vice President of National Conference (NC), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Mr Abdullah was reacting to PM Modi on Thursday addressing BJP workers and volunteers as part of the saffron party’s mera booth ‘Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot’ programme through, what it claims, the ‘world’s largest video conference’.
Mr Abdullah had on Wednesday asked Mr Modi to suspend his political engagements until Wing Commander Abhinandan returns safely, saying ‘it can’t be business as usual with the PM making political speeches while an Indian pilot is a Pakistani captive’.
The NC Vice President had also requested the opposition to postpone their political activities.
The tension between India and Pakistan escalated after IAF fighter jets went across to the LoC early on Tuesday morning and destroyed a terror camp Pakistan’s Balakot. Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale in a press briefing in New Delhi on Tuesday said that a terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot was destroyed, and a large number of terrorists were eliminated.
The Centre on Wednesday said that Pakistan attempt to target military installations on Indian side were foiled but in the process one MiG 21 was lost and the pilot is ‘missing in action’. “One fighter jet of Pakistan Air Force was also shot down in the aerial engagement by IAF’s Mig 21 Bison,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan claimed that the pilot was in their custody. A video of Wing Commander Abhinandan being questioned by Pakistan Army went viral on social media. Following this, the BJP-led government put out a strong statement and said it expects the “immediate and safe return” of the pilot and lodged a strong protest over the “unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan”.

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