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Centre equally to blame for Kashmir row: Omar


Srinagar : Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the unrest in Kashmir cannot be blamed on Pakistan but was a result of “mistakes” made by the government of not engaging with the people of the state.

“Do not be under this false impression that the fire you see in Kashmir has been ignited by Pakistan. It is a result of our mistakes,” Omar said addressing a function of his National Conference in Baramulla. “To blame Pakistan alone for the political situation or the current unrest in the Valley is a distortion of the truth. The people of J&K have espoused a political sentiment even when there was no external interference and this political sentiment forms the basis of the State’s special status that has since been eroded by extra-constitutional machinations,” Omar said. He said the political issue in Kashmir is a result of “historic blunders and broken promises by successive dispensations” in New Delhi.

“The situation today stands compounded because of the present Central Government’s refusal to even acknowledge that a problem exists in Kashmir,” Omar said. The National Conference working president alleged the ruling PDP’s charade of seeking confidence building measures and political initiatives could not conceal the party’s brazen abandonment of its own ideology and vision document in a bargain to attain power. There is a stark difference between the Mehbooba Mufti of the opposition and the Mehbooba Mufti of the ruling PDP-BJP Government. “Her theatrical performances as an opposition leader might have served her well but when people compare her present avatar to her previous posturing  she stands exposed.” he said. –PTI

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