Watch Full Speech Here | Mehbooba following ‘Doval doctrine’ on Kashmir, says Omar

Accusing the J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of following “Doval doctrine” while dealing with the situation in Kashmir, former Chief Minister and National Conference’s working president Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party has “plans to use judicia
Watch Full Speech Here | Mehbooba following ‘Doval doctrine’ on Kashmir, says Omar
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Accusing the J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of following "Doval doctrine" while dealing with the situation in Kashmir, former Chief Minister and National Conference's working president Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party has "plans to use judiciary" for "demolishing" J&K's special position.

Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Omar warned the Chief Minister on BJP's "design to use judiciary" for "bulldozing" the state's special position under Article 370.

"Don't think the BJP has given up the agenda of abrogating Article 370.  They might have given up the legislature route for it, but they have designs to use judiciary for it," Omar alleged.

"You should engage competent lawyers, who are well-versed with constitutional matters, to defend the Article 35-A in the Supreme Court. Don't rely on your Advocate General or the standing counsels. We know how they handled the case of SARFAESI Act (in the Supreme Court). You should spend some amount to hire competent lawyers to deal with the case."

The National Conference leader said the issue would snowball into a major controversy if not handled properly.

"You always blame us that we make issues out of non-issues and set Kashmir on fire. But I want to tell you that we do not create issues…they are being created by your government. We want to prepare you for an impending issue," he said.

Omar, who represents Beerwah Assembly segment, said they are not averse to implementation of the SARFAESI Act but "we were panicked by the way the case was handled."

"We know that non-state subjects cannot purchase property in the State," he said.

He also charged the CM with "following the Doval doctrine" while dealing with the situation in Kashmir.

"You are not the running the State as per the Agenda of Alliance but working in line with Ajit Doval's doctrine. There is no difference between your present handling of Kashmir and what Doval said in 2010," he told Mehbooba.

Omar also asked Mehbooba to clear her stand, saying two things cannot go together.

"There is no meeting point between the Agenda of Alliance and the Doval doctrine. You should tell whether you support the Doval doctrine or the Agenda of Alliance?" he asked the Chief Minister. 

Omar also took on Mehbooba for refusing to hold a judicial probe into civilian killings during the 2016 uprising.

"You demanded judicial inquiry into the death of Hajji Yousuf and now you are denying the same into killings of more than 100 civilians in 2016. You did not show trust in police probe (into the death of Yousuf) then how can people trust the Special Investigation Teams (SITs) for holding a free and fair probe into the civilian killings," he said. 

Omar said Mehbooba has "erased her soft-separatist and pro-militant image."

"I compliment Mehbooba for erasing her soft-separatist image. The highest number of militants was killed in 2016," he said.

Reminding the BJP of its "hue and cry" over militant attacks in the past, Omar questioned the right-wing party for remaining silent on such acts after coming to power.

"When Samba attack took place (in my tenure), you burnt my effigy everywhere. Why you are silent on these attacks now?"  he asked the BJP lawmakers.

Omar also asked Mehbooba how forces would differentiate between local and foreign militants during gunfights. 

"Tell me how forces would differentiate between local and foreign militants during gunfights? Is there any device for differentiation?" he asked.

Stating that Government has "totally failed" in implementing the Agenda of Alliance, Omar dared Mehbooba to "show a single achievement of the PDP-BJP government in the past two years."

"Your father Mufti Sahab said we are forging alliance with BJP for rehabilitation of flood victims but the Government itself admitted in the House that flood victims are yet to get compensation," he said.

He also accused the Government of "failing to maintain regional balance", saying "if we got two Central Universities for State, why present Government failed to get an IIM for Kashmir?"

Omar also asked how the Government can run when Chief Secretary feels he would be shunted out.

"You should tell those jumping to sit on CS chair you have full faith in the Chief Secretary," Omar told Mehbooba.

He also said Mehbooba's relatives, Sartaj Madni and Sajjad Mufti, were influencing every transfer in South Kashmir.

"From SHO to Patwari, transfers in South Kashmir are being done on their recommendations," he said.

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