Srinagar, November 30
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that rise in militancy in Jammu and Kashmir points out to the utter failure of New Delhi and State Government. He said the situation along the line of control is grave and same is the situation in Kashmir Valley. Omar Abdullah while talking to reporters here in Srinagar said that in recent months there has been a significant deterioration in relations between India and Pakistan. He added that it pointed to the clear failure by the Centre and the state government.
Omar said the situation within the nation as well as on the border and the Line of Control (LoC) was worrisome. “We have seen a significant increase in tension along the LoC, unfortunately we have also seen a rise in militancy resulting in far higher casualties than in recent years. All this points towards a failure on the level of the state government as well as the Centre,” he said.
Omar, earlier through a series of tweets, Omar Abdullah came down heavily on BJP led union government over the militant attack on an Army unit in Nagrota, in which seven army personnel stressed that regardless of what the BJP said, Pakistan is no more isolated internationally today than it was six months ago. Abdullah claimed that militants were clearly no more deterred from attacking India’s armed forces now than they were prior to the surgical strikes conducted in September.
“So, on a day on which seven of our brave soldiers lost their lives to terrorist bullets the government must explain its Pakistan policy to the nation. It’s all very well to call people who question the government line “Friends of Pakistan” but that’s a poor excuse for a cogent, thought-out policy,” he said in a series of tweets.
Omar said that Mehbooba was majorly responsible for the present situation that has resulted in hundreds of young boys and girls losing complete or partial eyesight.
“The same Mehbooba Mufti blamed Ghulam Nabi Azad for the 2008 unrest and held me personally responsible for the 2010 agitation. By her own standards and logic, she is primarily responsible for the current situation in the Valley and should accept responsibility rather than deflecting it”, said Omar while addressing a convention of the party’s delegates from Srinagar District at National Conference Headquarters in Srinagar.
The NC Working President said National Conference didn’t politicize the current unrest in Kashmir and did not seek the dismissal of the PDP-BJP Government despite a complete breakdown of the law and order and governance apparatus in the State.
“Unlike PDP, we didn’t politicize the heart-rending and extremely grave situation in the Valley. Unlike Mehbooba Mufti, I didn’t go and lock the Civil Secretariat at a time when the Valley was on fire. When we went to Delhi, we didn’t go to Delhi to ask for the dismissal of this Government but we sought the initiation of a political process to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir Issue. Had National Conference played a fraction of the destructive and opportunistic role that PDP had played in 2010, the situation would have been unimaginable. Nobody can point a finger towards National Conference for exploiting this situation and that is why our conscience is clean”, Mr. Omar Abdullah said while addressing party leaders, office bearers and delegates from Srinagar District.
“Our initiatives were not a partisan or power-seeking manoeuvres but genuine and constructive efforts to seek political engagement with various stakeholders in Kashmir and to highlight the pain and suffering that stands to discredit the dividends of relative peace over the past few years. Not once did we call for the dismissal of the State Government or lobbied for our own empowerment – even when people from within PDP were openly demanding that the PDP-BJP Government should resign. Had PDP not played a destructive, opportunistic and malicious role in 2010, it wouldn’t have found itself cornered between moralistic rhetoric, contradictions and U-turns today”, Omar Abdullah added.
Shoulders of the brave workers of National Conference to protect this State’s legacy, political honour and ethos of secularism and brotherhood”, added Omar.
Srinagar, November 30