Omar flays attacks on Umar
Srinagar, Nov 30: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today deplored the attacks on Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq saying it was against the democratic traditions of the country.
"It is against the democratic traditions of the country where freedom of speech, no matter how unpalatable it is, is a right which needs to be respected and protected," the Chief Minister said in a statement here.
"Our democracy is a matured democracy and is capable of absorbing political dissent and diverse view points and so we should provide every individual an opportunity to air his or her opinion in a democratic manner," Omar said.
“Mirwaiz and his colleague Bilal Gani Lone, who have both been victims of militancy having lost their father’s to terrorists bullets, have been a part of a dialogue with the union government from time to time.”
"Such incidents only defeat the peace-making effort and it should be the endeavour of all that they remain part of the solution and not get pushed to the wall so as to become a part of the problem," Omar added.
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