I am a patriot: Mustafa Kamaal

‘Have Great Regard For India, Cong’

ABHINAV VERMA

Jammu, Nov 14: Asserting that it was his family which brought democracy to Jammu and Kashmir, Additional General Secretary of National Conference Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal today urged media not to create political instability in the State.
Clarifying his statement he had made in Kishtwar recently – reportedly terming Government of India as no. 1 enemy of Jammu and Kashmir – Dr Kamaal said the media has blown his statement out of proportion giving an impression that he was “a traitor to the country.” Kamaal was talking to media persons here today.
Interestingly, the NC leader chose not to face media queries in order to avoid any fresh controversy and read out a written statement. He also had all praise for Government of India and Congress for their generosity towards Jammu and Kashmir and his party.
"I am being made target by some elements to weaken this coalition Government. Media has made me a traitor to the country today. My statement has been blown out of proportion. I have said that India and Pakistan should sit and talk about the Kashmir issue. This peace of two years is not permanent and so both countries should talk and settle the issues," Kamaal said, adding, “My statement has been misconstrued and blown out of context.”
He asked media to play a responsible role and not to “fan instability in Jammu and Kashmir”. “Jammu and Kashmir has not only special status but it is a sensitive State as well. The responsibility of political stability not only lies on politicians but also on media”, Kamal said.
He said that impression has been created that he was anti-India and has committed an act of sedition. "I am pained and hurt that the media has projected me as an anti-national and accused me of sedition. It hurts me, it saddens me," he said.
"I am part of the Sheikh family which played an important role in bringing democracy in J&K and facilitated joining of J&K with Indian Union," he said, adding that NC did ground work for it and laid its foundation and the party was today under attack.
"No one is a better Indian than us (Sheikh family)... Please do not project me in bad light," he said.
"I have been elected to State Assembly four times...And today I am also in Assembly...Thanks to media, I am today being call anti-Indian. I am really hurt and sad."
"If we are against India, why should we have joined hands with the Indian Union...We would have also revolted like others (separatists) and talked like them," Kamal said.
My history is known to everyone, my family's legacy and my political career of several decades is testimony of my credentials and today you call Mustafa Kamaal an anti-national. It deeply hurts me what I said has been blown out of context", he said.
Clarifying his statement over the Indo-Pak issue, he said, "I had suggested that India and Pakistan must sit together and settle the issue amicably because it affects the people of Jammu and Kashmir".
“I am warning my adversaries to mend ways and do not think that any statement issued by Dr Mustafa Kamaal will be used in New Delhi to weaken this coalition in the State.”
"I have great regard for my country India and Indian National Congress and shall never ever work against the two. It is beyond my comprehension to do so", Kamaal said.
"We have had four wars and the fifth one was Kargil. We have seen untold sufferings and will continue to suffer till you do not address the root cause, the main symptom of which is militancy."
"I am a true nationalist and my family and I have proven it time and again. My father has always said that we have to have good relations with the country and Centre has always helped us generously," he added.
"We in the family are committed to carry forward the good relations with Congress our party has. Our family is nationalist. Why does media sensationalize the things? Omar Abdullah is my nephew and I will always support him. My father brought democracy to the State and I will always support it," he said.
About the relations with Congress and its leadership, he said Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah have ushered in a new chapter in National Conference-Congress relationship which dates back to Sher-e-Kashmir and Jawaharlal Nehru and carried forward by Indira Gandhi and Dr Farooq Abdullah.
"We all in the family are committed to carry forward this relationship and strengthen the hands of Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah for the betterment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and in the interest of the nation," he said.
He said that due to impression created by media even Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was forced to issue a hard hitting statement.
Addressing National Conference workers at Kishtwar on Sunday, Kamaal had reportedly claimed that Government of India was reluctant to sign a no-war treaty with Pakistan. Kamaal also accused Army of disturbing peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
In his reaction to the development, Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter: "Funny thing is I don't need anyone to make things difficult for me when I have relatives to do it for me. They say never work with animals & children. I think it's safe to add relatives to that list as well."

Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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