Samba Encounter Does Not Augur Well For Peace In JK: Abdullah

11 May 2008

New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday said incidents like samba encounter, which left six people dead, did not augur well for establishing permanent peace in the state. 'These incidents do not augur well for the state and may hamper a peaceful environment from being established in future,' Abdullah said. Abdullah was reacting to the yesterday's incident which saw four civilians and two army jawans killed in an encounter which lasted for nearly 12 hours in Samba area of Jammu region. The patron of national conference said that while India should try and prevent such incidents from taking place, Pakistan, on its part, should try and rein in such elements which were against establishment of peace in the sub-continent. 'Talks should be allowed to take place between the two countries on working out a permanent peace in the region and for that, the number of such incidents has to come to down to zero,' Abdullah, who has been holding series of meetings ahead of elections later this year, said. He refused to get involved in a blame-game and said the issue at present was that the state government as well as the opposition parties should work together in preventing loss of innocent lives in the state. 'Lot of innocent blood has flown. We are not here for playing politics over the dead...We want peace to be the order of the day,' he said.