Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has once again landed into fresh controversy by providing free government helicopter service to former PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) Prime Minister, Barrister Ghulam Mohammed.

Rubbishing the allegations of local political parties of spending Rs 11 crore on Mohammed's helicopter ride on his visit to Pahalgam, Omar said that he is in fact happy that Mohammed accepted to be the state guest of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.

“Helicopter ride for an hour costs Rs 55,000. From Srinagar to Pahalgam, the journey is only 45 minutes so the allegations are illogical," he said.

Ghulam Mohammad, who was on a personal visit to Kashmir to attend the wedding ceremony of Jahoor Ahmed Watali's son, visited Phalagam along with State Home minister Nasir Aslam Vani in a government chopper.

The issue could not have gained much limelight if Mohammed on Wednesday, before returning to Pakistan, had not commented that he does not consider Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as an elected representative.

Speaking on this issue, the Mohammed said, "The family which invited me, paid for my air trip to Pahalgam."

JPN/Bureau