PDP impeding AFSPA revocation: Omar

‘Party Speaks Different Language In Different Regions’

KHALID GUL

Islamabad (Anantnag), Nov 5: Accusing opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of double-standards, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said the party was creating impediments in the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers (AFSPA) from the state.
“They PDP speak one language in the Kashmir, other in Jammu and entirely different one in New Delhi,” Omar said at a public meeting after inaugurating a grid station at Kokernag here.
He said in Kashmir PDP makes lot of noise about AFSPA revocation, in Jammu they don’t utter a word about it and in New Delhi they say the Army should be consulted before taking any decision on such a serious issue.
“When I raised the issue of the withdrawal of the law from certain areas of the state, PDP leadership created hullabaloo saying that all the stakeholders should be taken on board and now when we are trying to take the every one including the army into confidence the party is unnecessarily creating impediments in the revocation of the AFSPA and playing politics over the issue. I dare them (PDP) to speak the same language before the people in Kashmir as the one they speak in New Delhi,” Omar said.
He said PDP should not mislead people and should make their stand on AFSPA clear.
“Our government is committed to the withdrawal of AFSPA and all the stakeholders including the army are being consulted,” said Omar.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Saturday, Mehbooba, according to reports, while praising the army for maintaining peace in JK, had said Omar should give “honourable exit” to the security forces and cautioned him about his proposal to revoke AFSPA from some parts of the state.
The Chief Minister seeking revocation of AFSPA has taken “everyone by surprise, even the Army. “Revocation of AFSPA, withdrawal of security forces from the civilian areas are articles of faith as far as we are concerned because we feel the security forces have done a commendable job,” she had said.
Reacting to Mehbooba’s comments Omar in his remarks had sought explanation from her on the issue and asked whether she meant AFSPA should stay till the armed forces agree to its revocation.
“Mehbooba says I should give the army an honourable exit. Would she care to define that? Does she mean AFSPA should stay till they agree?” Omar wrote in mircro-blogging site Twitter.
Reiterating that there was no rift between the coalitions partners, the Congress and the National Conference (NC), Omar said, “Our cabinet is running smoothly. We have had no issues with our coalition partners unlike earlier when PDP was in a coalition with the Congress. In our government every decision is taken with everybody’s consent. No member of the legislative assembly has walked out of the assembly on any decision taken by our government”,
Appreciating people for helping maintain peaceful summer, Omar said; “I assure you that the peaceful atmosphere will pay rich dividends to the people in the development sector and I hope that the trend will continue for the years to come.”
Omar while appealing people to refrain from power pilferage said; “We have generated 900 MW of power this year as compared to 800 MW last year. The government is not to be blamed for the power cuts. People have to understand that hooking has to stop now. We are taking every possible step for improving the power scenario, however, unless people don’t cooperate our efforts would go waste,” Omar said.

PROTEST AT CM’S RALLY
GKNN ADDS FROM JAMMU: A youth was detained by police after he tried to disrupt speech of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at a public meeting in Samba township on Monday evening.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that the Chief Minister, who went to Samba town for laying the foundation of Government Polytechnic College, faced dissent over his demand for partial revocation of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) from the state.
A youth, identified as Rajesh Kumar, shouted slogans against the Chief Minister when the latter started addressing the public in the border town, about 40 km south-west of Jammu.
“The protestor shouted slogans and made it known that his action was against the chief minister and his father Farooq Abdullah’s repeated controversial statements on AFSPA and against the Indian army,” eyewitnesses said.
They said police dragged the man out from the rally and took him to the police station Samba.
Omar, however, went ahead with his speech.
On October 20 last, the Chief Minister was shown a black flag by an activist of Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party (JKNPP) in a border village of Vijaypur constituency.
The protestor had waved a black flag at the chief minister and made it known that his action was against the chief minister’s speech in the legislative assembly on October 6 in which he stated that the state had “acceded to India and not merged with it”.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Dec 2011 00:00:00 IST




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