Opposition parties demands president’s intervention on Kashmir

A delegation of major opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday met President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi to apprise him of the situation in the Valley and demanded a probe by a retired Supreme Court judge into allegations of excessive use of force by security personnel.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called on the President requesting him to urge upon the central government to find a solution to the present Kashmir crisis politically rather than administratively.

“The failure of the central government to acknowledge that the issue in Kashmir is largely of a political nature has worsened the already volatile situation,” Omar, who was leading a delegation of 20 opposition leaders, told reporters after an hour-long meeting with the President.

The delegation, led by Abdullah, apprised President with “real” situation on ground and also requested resumption of the dialogue process between all stakeholders. The decision to meet the president came after a meeting between all major opposition parties in Kashmir, held on Wednesday.

Speaking to the press after meeting the President, Omar Abdullah said that the situation in Kashmir should be blamed upon the ruling Mehbooba Mufti government and not on Pakistan. “Pakistan has been responsible for problems in Kashmir from last 25 years. What happened after Burhan Wani’s killing is a result of our own mistakes,” Omar told reporters after the meeting.

He added that Pakistan may have incited the fire lit by the Indian government’s faulty handling of the situation but the fault primarily lies with the Jammu and Kashmir government.”

“I wonder when they would wake up as the situation is grave, “he said, alleging that the state and central governments were trying to “crush the agitation by using administrative measures” like stopping sale of petrol and other essential commodities.

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