Kashmir unrest: 20-member delegation led by Omar Abdullah meets President Pranab Mukherjee

A 20-member delegation from Jammu and Kashmir led by former chief ministerOmar Abdullah on Saturday met President Pranab Mukherjee to apprise him of the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley.

The decision came at a meeting attended by members of the National Conference, Congress, Communist Party, Democratic Party Front, Awami Ittehad Party and People’s Democratic Front participated here on Wednesday.

The members decided to meet President Mukherjee to apprise him that the situation in the Valley is turning for the worse due to the non-stop killing of the people.

“When you say that the Kashmir is an integral part of India, you are talking the land, not of people. Make people yours too. A small problem with Gujarat and the Prime Minister spoke to the people there in the Gujarati; why our problem is not important enough,” Omar asked.

“We want the Centre to take emergent steps to check excessive use of force. There is a need for a judicial probe into the Kashmir situation,” said Omar, alleging that both the Central and state governments totally failed to stop the killings of civilian in the Valley.

Omar said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had been blaming Pakistan for the unrest. “Yes, they are playing a negative role, but it is the security forces who are killing youth and other people in the Valley,” he said.

He said Jammu and Kashmir is a political issue and should be solved politically.

“But unfortunately, the Centre has been saying Kashmir is an integral part of India, they are not talking about the Valley people, they are only talking about the land of Kashmir,” he added.

Earlier, Omar said they would try to meet leaders of all political parties in Delhi and also former judges of the Supreme Court urging them to help resolve the problem.

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