Delegations of Jammu and Kashmir opposition parties led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday, requesting him to urge upon the ruling government to find a solution to the current Kashmir unrest politically rather than administratively.
After an hour-long meeting with the President, Omar Abdullah told media that the failure of the central government to acknowledge that the issue in Kashmir is largely of a political nature has worsened the already volatile situation.
“From last 25 years Pakistan was behind the clashes in Jammu and Kashmir but if you ask me that after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani the unrest arose in state was because of Pakistan than i have to say no but it is a result of our own mistakes, former J&K CM said.
He added that Pakistan may have incited the fire lit by the Indian government’s faulty handling of the situation but the fault primarily lies with the Jammu and Kashmir government.”
The former Chief Minister, who was flanked by Congress MLAs led by state PCC Chief G A Mir, CPM MLA M Y Tarigami and Independent legislator Hakim Yaseen, said, “The fire that has been raging in Kashmir Valley for last 42 days has already started spreading across Peer Panjal and Chenab Valley in Jammu region and Kargil area.”
“I wonder when would they wake up as the situation is grave,” he said, alleging that the state and central governments were trying to “crush the agitation by using administrative measures” like stopping sale of petrol and other essential commodities.
Launching an attack on Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti, he said “total administrative failure” and a state of complete “anarchy” is what is responsible for the situation in the valley. He compared the present crisis and the situation in 2010 violence during his tenure. He said that the crisis did not spiral out of control back then because the political leadership accepted its fault and took fire-fighting measures. The Mufti government, he said is denying responsibility.
“This is a political problem and that is about it. We cannot escape the fact by blaming Pakistan,” he said.
Accusing the BJP-PDP coalition of inaction, Abdullah also said that it is the first time in history that initiatives that should have been taken up by the government,are being taken by opposition parties.
He also bemoaned the lack of political will to resume dialogue stating, “It’s sad that the statements expected from political leadership are coming from the Army leadership. The Army had said that dialogue is the way forward.”
“It was opposition parties which pressurised the government for holding a debate in Parliament and it is again the opposition parties which are pushing the state government to find a political solution to the problem,” he said.
Omar warned that a “continued delay to engage with the people of the state through a comprehensive and sustained political initiative will further deepen the sense of alienation in the Valley and cast a shadow of uncertainty on its future generation”.