Separatists lack sincerity: Omar

‘Will Continue To Press For AFSPA Revocation’


Jammu, Jan 7: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has accused separatist leadership in Jammu and Kashmir of being non-serious and lacking sincerity on finding a solution to Kashmir issue.
Taking a dig at the separatists leaders, Omar said, “One finds it amazing that they are willing to travel to Pakistan and meet the leaders there but don’t want to talk to people in New Delhi. This leaves no one in doubt that they lack sincerity in their approach and probably are not keen on finding solution to the Kashmir issue.”
The Chief Minister was talking to PTI on completion of four years of his government.
The Chief Minister admitted that he has not been successful on the issue of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) - partial withdrawal of which has been one of his key demands - but claimed his government would continue to pursue the issue at appropriate level.
“We have not been successful but this does not mean that we should not try. We are trying and I know for sure that something positive will emerge.”
Pushing further for partial lifting of the controversial Act, Omar asked all stakeholders to shed rigidity to help take a decision based on the ground situation and for the benefit of people of the state.
“It’s surprising that whenever we have talked about lifting of AFSPA, certain vested interests have been working overtime and making projections as if we want it to be removed from the entire state whereas we want it to be lifted from certain parts only,” Abdullah said.
With less than two years remaining for Assembly elections in the state, 42-year-old Abdullah said he will again approach the Centre and make a case for partial withdrawal of AFSPA.
“It was never a political issue or an emotional argument from us. Our stand has always been based on sound logic and a realistic assessment of the ground situation,” he said.
Questioning the claims of ‘vested interests’ that partial withdrawal of AFSPA will see a rise in militancy, the Chief Minister asked, “Whom are they trying to fool? This is an insult to the Army and other security agencies who are manning the border. Those propagating such an idea indirectly mean that Army is doing nothing. This is an absolute misinformation campaign launched to demoralize the Army, CRPF and state police.”
“First and foremost I never advocated lifting it from areas close to the Line of Control or so. I have suggested that it could be lifted from areas like Srinagar and Jammu cities,” Abdullah said in reply to a question about apprehensions that the areas, where the AFSPA will be withdrawn, would become a safe haven for militants.
To a question about his proposal of Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Abdullah said the purpose of such a body will be successful only after both India and Pakistan agree for it.
Abdullah said those talking about disappearances should come with a DNA sample to the Nodal Officer posted in the State Human Rights Commission. “If the kith and kin of someone believes that one of their people is buried in those unmarked graves, they should supply us with DNA sample and we would again do DNA profile of the missing people with the unmarked graves.”
Asked about his successes and weaknesses in the last four years, Abdullah said, “There have been lessons learnt and the process of learning continues. I am not the one who will go to town with my achievements and it is for the people to judge me after two years.”
On the economic front, Omar made it clear that there was an issue of unemployment and the same could not be fulfilled by providing youth with jobs in government.
He also thanked corporate India for coming forward to encourage the youth of the state. This has helped in boosting the morale of the youth of the state and some of them are seriously thinking of setting up their own ventures with the help of well established companies like Tata and Birla.
“This was one of the things in the manifesto of my party. Once the youth is empowered, many issues will find a solution automatically,” he added.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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