Umar hits out at Omar
‘Not Against Talks But Won’t Sell Sacrifices’
Srinagar, Jan 8: Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s statement that separatists were not sincere to resolve Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and others Tuesday said they were not against dialogue but New Delhi’s ‘rigid’ attitude was biggest hurdle in Kashmir resolution.
Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone from New Delhi, Huriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Omar’s claim was far from reality. “We can’t enter into a dialogue process with India by selling the sacrifices of people of Kashmir. We put forth some suggestions before Government of India in 2006, but so far there is no headway,” he said.
Criticizing the Chief Minister, the Mirwaiz said the “rigidity and stubbornness of New Delhi” was the biggest hurdle in Kashmir solution. “Blaming Hurriyat leadership doesn’t make any sense,” he said.
He said New Delhi was not even ready to implement the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) suggested by Hurriyat (M), let alone political resolution. He said Chief Minister’s frequent announcements that Hurriyat should enter into a dialogue was “nothing but a political gimmick.”
“He (Omar) made series of announcements pertaining to revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act but to no avail. Despite being in power and being leader of the State Assembly, he could not amend the law, let alone its revocation,” Mirwaiz said.
“The Chief Minister even failed to address the day to day problems of people of Kashmir especially roads, power and water. It would be better for him to fine-tune the administration.” Mirwaiz said the amalgam’s recent visit to Pakistan was a step towards finding political settlement to the vexed issue.
Joining the chorus, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said Kashmiris were suffering due to the ‘non-serious attitude of New Delhi over the past 65 years.’ “By calling Hurriyat leadership as insincere, Omar is trying to be more loyal than the king,” he said. “Government of India continues with its negative approach on Kashmir. If New Delhi would demilitarize Kashmir, controversial law like AFSPA would automatically die. The process for resolution will also begin and we would be happy to be part of a dialogue when New Delhi accepts Kashmir as a dispute.”
Senior Hurriyat (M) leader Shabir Ahmed Shah said, “War and talks can’t go simultaneously. Let New Delhi make conducive atmosphere in Kashmir, then we will be happy to talk. At present, Public Safety Act is being slapped on youth, life-sentences are awarded to Kashmiris, atrocities are committed by the forces and people are left to suffer,” Shah said. “For all this, New Delhi is responsible. Revocation of AFSPA is one of the basic conditions set by us for talks.”
Chairman National Front, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, said terming the Hurriyat leadership as non-serious towards Kashmir resolution reflects “how much opportunist the Chief Minister is.”
“He should respect the Hurriyat leadership who brave all odds to fight India’s illegal occupation. Omar could not achieve an inch on National Conference’s autonomy and his claim of revocation of AFSPA,” Khan said. “It is high time for him to introspect and not to speak against those who represent the blood of thousands of people,” Nayeem said.
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Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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