SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Indian-controlled Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday condemned the twin-militant attacks in the region and said the attacks were aimed at derailing peace process between New Delhi and Islamabad.
"I express my sincere condolences to families of those killed in the attack that took place this morning and is presently ongoing," Abdullah told reporters in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, at a hurriedly called press conference. "The aim of these attacks is to derail the proposed dialogue between Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif."
Indian PM Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York this weekend.
The chief minister expressed fears that following the daredevil attack of the militants on police and army in Jammu region, there would be political pressure on Singh not to hold talks with Sharif.
"It is for the PM and his advisors to take care on how to go ahead with this matter," Abdullah said.
At least 12 people, including Indian army troopers and policemen, were killed after militants disguised as Indian army troopers first attacked a police station and later on stormed an Indian army base in Jammu province of the restive region Thursday morning.
Gunfight inside the army base between militants and troopers is ongoing, officials said.
He said if the dialogue process between New Delhi and Islamabad would be called off, it would be grave injustice to those killed today.
However, the chief minister said it was wrong to point fingers at Islamabad without proper evidence.
"There is no way of suggesting it was undertaken under directions from Pakistan's elected leadership," he said. "This has happened after a long time in Jammu and we have to assess if any weakness of ours was exploited."
Abdullah would be flying to Jammu to monitor the situation in wake of the twin attacks.
A statement issued by Indian Prime Minister's office quoting Singh Thursday said the twin militant attacks in Indian-controlled Kashmir would not deter India from pursuing peace through dialogue.
Singh, without naming Pakistan, said India was firmly resolved to combat and defeat the terrorist menace that continues to receive encouragement and reinforcement from across the border.
India's right wing parties including main opposition Bhartiya Janta Party are calling for cancellation of the proposed meeting between Singh and Sharif in wake of the attacks.
New Delhi accuses Islamabad of providing arms and training to Kashmiri militants. However, Islamabad says it only provides moral and political support to Kashmiris.
So far no militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Militants seeking the end of New Delhi's rule have engaged in a guerrilla war with Indian troops stationed in the region since 1989.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. Since their Independence from British, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.