Mufti must clear air on CM, Mehbooba ordered curfew in Budgam: Omar

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National Conference working president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today charged Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with creating uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir by floating name of his daughter Mehbooba Mufti as the next Chief Minister.
“This uncertainty is not good for a State like Jammu and Kashmir. The bureaucrats and Ministers don’t know from whom they have to take directions. Whether they have to salute Mufti or Mehbooba is not known to the officials. It’s better that both of them (Mufti and Mehbooba) sit together and decided, who has to occupy chair of the Chief Minister,” Omar told reporters in an informal chat here this evening.
Asserting that such kind of uncertainty is not good for the State, Omar said he has information that curfew was imposed in Budgam and MLA detained on the directions of Mehbooba Mufti.
“It was Mehbooba, who had issued orders for imposition of restrictions in Budgam instead of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,” he claimed.
Omar said if Mehbooba had to take over as the Chief Minister “I have no objections. I will rather congratulate her. But there should be no uncertainty as the sensitive State can’t afford this”. Either takeover or not, things should be made clear immediately, he said.
Taking strong exception to detention of the MLA, who was not allowed to perform death anniversary of his father in Budgam, Omar said: “on one side, Mufti Sayeed has been claiming that it was the battle of ideas. The issues will be settled through talks and not gun. He had forcibly brought people to the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while on the other an elected MLA has been detained.
“This will not lead to any solution and instead compound the problems in the State. Imposition of restrictions was no solution”.
Replying to a question as to whether killing of an Army Colonel in an encounter with the militants in Kupwara sector yesterday will have an impact on the Indo-Pak talks, Omar said there were no talks going on between the two countries.
“The talks between India and Pakistan have already been suspended. Where is the setback to talks when no talks were being held,” he said and blamed both the countries for stalled talks. He added that both India and Pakistan had to create congenial atmosphere for the talks and both were responsible for not creating it.
Replying to another question on march against terrorism by Muslim organizations in New Delhi, Omar said: “the terrorists have no religion. People of every religion were against terrorism. Everyone must raise the voice against terrorism”.
He said it was Jammu and Kashmir, which has suffered a lot due to terrorism in the last 25 years.

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