Pak has role in Kashmir: Omar

‘Satisfied With Obama Visit’

RAJEEV SHARMA
Publish Date: Oct 11 2010 12:00PM

Jammu, Nov 9: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday reiterated that Pakistan has a role in Jammu and Kashmir and if it does so it would be a great achievement for both the nations.
He, however, suggested that the neighbouring country should play its role in right perspective. Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Jammu that he saw a role for Pakistan in Kashmir.
Omar said; “When our interlocutors talk about role of the Pakistan, media gets worried that why they discussed Pakistan, but when Obama makes a reference to it, you say he does the right thing.” “This dual policy is wrong,” he remarked.
The Chief Minister further said that whatever US President said on Pakistan, he made his statement after analyzing the ground situation. “There is nothing new in it. We all are worried about the internal situation in Pakistan and we are aware about the role Pakistan is playing in J&K,” he said. He however refused to elaborate on Pakistan’s role in the state.
The Chief Minister voiced concern over the internal situation in Pakistan.
On a question about the just concluded visit of the US President to India, Omar said, “I am satisfied with the entire visit of President Obama. The tone and tenure of the speech that he made in the Parliament and the sort of speech he made in Parliament and also the joint statement that has been put on board by government of India and US, I think it’s a very positive statement. It recognizes the ground reality and is also a strong foundation which will help in taking the relations forward.”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had invited Omar to the private dinner he hosted Sunday night for the Obamas.
Omar is already embroiled in a controversy over his remarks in the state assembly that Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to India and not merged with the country.
Chief Minister had Monday said that he wishes the US President, Barack Obama or the US administration not make an “overt mediation” vis-à-vis resolution of Kashmir imbroglio.
“What role I would like to see the President Obama or any US administration to play is the one that they have so far been playing from time to time - that is to facilitate the process between India and Pakistan,” Omar had told reporters after inspecting ceremonial Guard of Honour on the reopening of Move offices here.
“We are extremely sensitive to anything that appears even close to mediation and that obviously is not acceptable,” he said adding that from time to time, the US administration as a friend came forward and facilitated the dialogue when it was required.
Omar had remarked that obviously the most high-profile intervention was after Kargil intrusion when President Bill Clinton had summoned Pak premier Nawaz Sharif to Washington.  “If the US wants to help, they can perhaps try to get Pakistan to see things from our point of view and help the process from behind the scene,” he said.