Not expecting any breakthrough from one meeting: Omar

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Stating that he is not expecting any breakthrough from one meeting as the all-party delegation has a mammoth task ahead them to rebuild the lost
credibility, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said he had made it very clear to the delegation that their lack of follow-up from the previous all-party delegation has discredited this process to a great extent.
“I am not expecting any breakthrough from one meeting. To be honest with you, I made it very clear to this all-party delegation that their lack of follow-up from the previous all-party delegation has discredited this process to a great extent. This all-party delegation has a mammoth task ahead them to rebuild the lost credibility,” Omar told reporters after emerging out of the meeting with the delegation. “They are all responsible for it, because they were all part of the 2010 process, and they should have followed up as to what happened with interlocutors’ report. They should have owned the outcome of that all-party delegation. Their failure to own the outcome of the 2010 all-party delegation has resulted in a dramatic shrinkage of the number of people and delegations that are willing to meet this time,” he added.
He further said in 2010, the cross section of people that was willing to meet the all-party delegation was much wider and much deeper than it is today. “Today, I fear other than a handful mainstream political party, at least formally, the number of groups from Kashmir meeting this all-party delegation is going to be very small and for that, I am sorry, this mechanism has only itself to blame,” he said. When asked about Hurriyat leaders’ denial to hold talks with the delegation, the National Conference president said, “I can’t speak for the delegation, but I would like to believe that given 2010 also, a similar sort of informal approach was made by some of the participants of the all-party delegation to Hurriyat leaders at that time. I would like to believe that same is possible today, but again it’s for the members of the delegation to make the effort; and, for the leaders of the Hurriyat Conference to actually meet them. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, if we could do it in the past, I see no reason why we can’t do it now.” Asked if there was a lack of coordination between the BJP and the PDP, he retorted “There is a lack of, I think, coordination between the two contradictory sides to (Chief Minister) Mehbooba Mufti herself”. “The Chief Minister has herself to decide whether she wants to be the Chief Minister or the leader of the opposition. If she wants to be the leader of opposition, she has to do something else,” he added.

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