Kishtwar, November 24
National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that the PDP-BJP Government had been rendered completely defunct in Kashmir and its writ was being questioned on a daily basis by quarters it had tried to appease and then suppress. “Such is the writ of the Government in the Valley that the business establishments, transport, schools and every sphere of activity is running as per weekly protest schedules and calendars”, Dr Abdullah said while addressing a huge workers rally at Kishtwar this afternoon.
Dr. Farooq Abdullah said Mehbooba Mufti should not misrepresent signs of normalcy and activity in the Valley as an alleged restoration of normalcy as all such activities were being carried out according to the weekly schedules being issues by Hurriyat leaders.
“Mehbooba Mufti should see writing on the wall and understand that mass discontent is not only due to the complete refusal of the Government to acknowledge the Kashmir issue but also because of the PDP’s betrayal to those who voted and supported it during the 2014 elections”, the NC President said while referring to the anti-BJP plank of the PDP during electioneering and its subsequent U-turns in its run up to forging an alliance with the BJP.
Dr Abdullah said that political opportunism and breach of the peoples’ trust would have serious implications for PDP. In such a scenario, the strengthening of National Conference at the grassroots assumes an added significance to meet the challenges faced by the State.
The NC President reiterated the crucial significance of dialogue between New Delhi and all stakeholders in Kashmir and externally with Pakistan, adding sooner or later the central leadership will have to talk to Islamabad for lasting peace in the region”. He said the solution to Kashmir problem lies in a sustained dialogue process and not in military might or aggression on the LoC and the International Border.
Addressing the workers, former Chief Minister and Working President National Conference Omar Abdullah sought an immediate engagement between New Delhi and all stakeholders in Kashmir willing to talk to the Centre for bringing an end to political uncertainty and to look for a lasting solution.
Omar Abdullah asked New Delhi to acknowledge the resentment and anguish in the Valley and realize that there is an ocean of mistrust and anger that keeps snowballing into such agitations and and mass unrest. In this context, he referred to the unrest of 2008, 2010 and 2016 and said it would be impossible to restore lasting peace in the Valley unless the political issue is resolved as per the satisfaction and sentiments of the people.
Expressing concern over the continued unrest in the Valley for the past over four months and expressing profound grief over the loss of young lives, Omar Abdullah blamed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for the prolonged political uncertainty and turmoil in the Valley. “PDP had been blaming me for the 2010 uprising and the tragic loss of lives while they were in the opposition and now by the same logic of culpability she should own up the responsibility of over 90 deaths, blinding of hundreds of boys and girls and injuries to over 10,000 old, young and women”, Mr. Omar Abdullah said.