Pathankot attack: Omar Abdullah attacks PM Modi over speech on Yoga

Omar also criticised the authorities in Punjab for not making emergency evacuation arrangements for injured soldiers at the scene of deadly suicide attack in Pathankot.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Published:January 3, 2016 7:55 pm
Narendra Modi, Modi Yoga, Yoga modi, Omar abdullah modi, Pathankot Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks after inaugurating the International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications in Jigani, near Bangalore, India, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (Source: AP)

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talking about Yoga at a time when an encounter with terrorists was raging on at Pathankot Air Base.

“Business as usual is all well and good but a speech about Yoga while an encounter rages at an Air Base in #Pathankot seems totally out of sync,” Omar wrote on Twitter. He was referring to the Prime Minister’s address at a Yoga conference in Karnataka.

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Omar also criticised the authorities in Punjab for not making emergency evacuation arrangements for injured soldiers at the scene of deadly suicide attack in Pathankot.

“Really? A 24+ hour long operation and we don’t have any critical care ambulances for our brave soldiers?” he said.

He was responding to reports that an injured NSG jawan was rushed to a hospital in a car. Omar also expressed condolences over the death of security force personnel in the Pathankot attack.

“Sorry to hear about the deaths of our brave security force personnel in the #PathankotAttack. Prayers for the deceased & their families. RIP,” he said.

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    Ajay Kumar
    Jan 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm
    Thank you Omar for speaking as a true patriot. I wish you had added that 7 terrorists has killed 7 of our soldiers. Does that mean these terrorists are far better trained than our professional army soldiers ? And it seem incredulous and defies imagination that such a grave, important operation is going on in Pathankot but Modi is thousands of miles away lecturing on Yoga. What message this send to Armed Forces and the country at large ?
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      Pranesh
      Jan 7, 2016 at 4:59 am
      Mr Omar , Can you please tell where and what you were doing on New Year ,when there is a serious threat of cross border infiltration on western LOC. You were celebrating New Year in 5 star Hotel and preaching others... who is responsible for Anantnag attack happened.
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        Sanji
        Jan 3, 2016 at 6:09 pm
        It sends a simple message to the force that they can handle such events easily. They are professionals and they can take care. Political comments are not necessary in every situation.
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          Think
          Jan 21, 2016 at 9:51 am
          But the fact is - they did NOT act professionally. And they did NOT take care. An armed attack on an air base is an act of war. Shouldn't this be handled politically?
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            Me Marathi
            Jan 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm
            This love child of hys should have spoken the same thing when there were attacks on pandits and they were driven away.... same urgency and same vigour. Ar$$eh00le.
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              NIRAJ SINGH
              Jan 3, 2016 at 2:34 pm
              Omar Abdullah has gone mad
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                ConcernedCitizen
                Jan 3, 2016 at 2:52 pm
                It very sad to see India growing very polarized! I mean his remarks are legitimate, but opposition is only on the basis that he is from UPA! Gone are the days when we used to debate ideas and policies now we debate personalities. Its quite sad
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                  Premjoy Babu
                  Jan 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                  Mr. Omar Abdullah has lost his mental balance after kicking by the people of Jandk out of power due to his incompetence and lack of experience to run the state. So it is quite natural for him to criticise the Govt. for smallest of the small lapses out of desperation.
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                    Guess Who
                    Jan 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm
                    The Indian media is the biggest CHALLENGE of Indian security forces, which unnecessarily discloses strategic informations . Even chanells are allowed to shoot near military areas even simply for cookery shows and other useless time slot fillers in channels. Evethiug a stani Indian spy was nabbed recently, what was the urgency to disclose it to the public, which could have been done in a covertly manner. Definitely, it is one the recent behind the surprise attact of pathankot airbase.------ JAI HIND
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                      Ranjit Pande
                      Jan 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm
                      Mr Abdullah's remarks are in bad taste. You may have political rivalries but carping at the Prime Minister simply for the sake of it does not reflect well on him. Is it the urge to be visible on Twitter and the fear of being forgotten that compels him to opine without due thought?
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                        Shrikant Sharma
                        Jan 3, 2016 at 3:28 pm
                        WHO AND WHY ALL THIS WAS ENGINEERED?WHO IS HIS ADVISERS PLANNING SUCH A FAILURE?WHY HE IS NOT TAKING ACTION AGAINST SUSHMA SWARAJ FOR MISGUIDING HIM?
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                          Shrikant Sharma
                          Jan 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm
                          they preach hindus to sacrfice and feed biryanis with their hard earned money to kasabs.
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                            V.V.Chandrasekaran
                            Jan 3, 2016 at 2:55 pm
                            I have written my comment elsewhere about the speech on Science and culture by Modi. But Omar could have specifically stated what he expects the PM to do at the time of attack or after. Vellore. Venkatesan. Chandrasekaran
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