Srinagar, Aug 26: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah was forced to change his travel plan on historic Mughal road in the wake of a fidayeen attack on District Police Line (DPL) in south Kashmir district of Pulwama in the wee hours today. Mr Omar was to travel to Surankote in Poonch through Mughal road from Shopian in south Kashmir this morning. The 86-km-long Mughal road connects Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region. “Militant attack on the District Police Lines Pulwama an hour before I was going to drive through the area has forced a major change of plans,” Mr Abdullah, who is the working president of National Conference (NC), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter. Mr Abdullah said he was looking forward to using the Mughal road to cross Pir Ki Galli and start his tour from Surankote. However, the former chief minister said he will now fly to Jammu and start from there. “To my colleagues waiting for me in Surankote my apologies. This was beyond my control. Will get there, albeit a day or two behind schedule,” he said. He said there was a time not so long ago when he wouldn't think twice about an impromptu drive through the four districts of south Kashmir. But, he said that is not the case now. A constable of Jammu and Kashmir police and a CRPF jawan were killed and three other security personnel injured in the fidayeen attack. UNI
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