Political war with New Delhi to continue: Mustafa Kamaal

‘UPA Not There To Rule Country Permanently’

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Dec 5: Senior National Conference leader Dr Mustafa Kamaal Monday said his party would continue to fight political war with New Delhi and Congress till Government of India restores autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir.
“National Conference is fighting against wrongs done by New Delhi since 1953. They have to undo the wrongs and key lies in restoration of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir,” Dr Kamaal told mediapersons after paying homage to his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah on his 106 birth anniversary at Naseem Bagh here. National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah and senior party ministers also paid homage to late Abdullah separately. Though Dr Abdullah, who is also a Union Minister, briefly addressed the party workers, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah did not speak on the occasion.
“This is the political war we are fighting against New Delhi. Our differences with New Delhi and Congress will continue till they realize their past mistakes and take practical steps for restoration of autonomy. We are hopeful that New Delhi will undo the mistakes it has committed in the past,” Dr Kamaal said. Kamaal was recently expelled from positions of NC Chief Spokesman and Additional General Secretary for his attack on coalition partner, Congress, and his allegations that Army was involved in carrying out grenade attacks in the Valley to scuttle Chief Minister’s move to get Armed Forces Special Powers Act revoked.
The outspoken NC leader said New Delhi has given both joys and sufferings to the people of the state. “If I praise them for the goods they have done, there is nothing wrong if I criticize them for our miseries, I am saying the truth,” he said.
He said the Congress-led UPA will not rule the country permanently. “We will continue fighting for autonomy till the government in the Centre addresses our demand.”
About the revocation of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Kamaal said militancy graph has come down to zero in Srinagar and other districts but ‘people having vested interests within Kashmir valley and across the border will not allow the law to go.’
“Situation has changed. The law also needs to be changed. Army feels that their gains will go waste. This is not true. The AFSPA must only go from where the security situation has improved,” he said.
Senior National Conference leaders- Mian Altaf, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan and Ali Muhammad Sagar- also spoke on the occasion. The NC leaders highlighted the struggle and sacrifices of the NC founder.

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