Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah sparked a row on Thursday by saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ministers were provoking Pakistan to launch terror attacks like in Nagrota town where seven soldiers were killed.
"The Nagrota attack is a result of statements made by various ministers against Pakistan," the National Conference working president told reporters on the sidelines of a party event in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.
Abdullah said he disapproved of Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar's recent statement that India will gouge the eyes of those who look at it with an evil eye.
He said if such a statement is made by the defence minister then "we should expect attacks like Nagrota".
"We don't itch for a fight, but if someone looks at the country with evil eye, we will gouge his eyes out and put them back in his hand, we have that much power," Parrikar had said.
Abdullah also said Modi's claim that demonetisation would end terrorism was another reason for terror attacks being stepped up in J&K.