Parrikar comment on terrorism led to killings in Valley: Omar Abdullah

Omar said, “The defence minister of India says that we will use militants to kill militants, meaning we will revive the Ikhwan. Since the statement was made, you have seen the situation in Sopore. One after another, someone is being killed there”.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Updated: June 14, 2015 1:44 am
Manohar Parrikar counter-insurgency, Omar Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir, counter-insurgency group, jammu and kashmir counter-insurgency group, Ikhwan, india news, indian express news Omar Abdullah at the Srinagar rally, Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Launching a strong attack against the BJP-led central government, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday claimed that the recent killing of civilians in the Valley started in the wake of the statement made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar about eliminating terrorism.

Addressing hundreds of supporters and members of his party, National Conference, at a ‘protest rally’ in Srinagar, Omar said, “The defence minister of India says that we will use militants to kill militants, meaning we will revive the (counter-insurgency group) Ikhwan. Since the statement was made, you have seen the situation in Sopore. One after another, someone is being killed there”.

While the state police has claimed that militants are responsible for the recent spate of killings, the militants have said “Indian agencies” are behind the killings.

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Omar also slammed the BJP-PDP coalition government in the state, claiming that all decisions pertaining to the state are taken in Nagpur, at the headquarters of the RSS. “All the decisions, whether it is on AFSPA or the release of political prisoners, are first taken in Nagpur. Then it reaches Mufti sahib (J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) and then it gets implemented,” he said.

The NC working president added, “During our time, the state had two capitals,Jammu and Srinagar. Mufti sahib changed that as well. Now the state has only one capital and that is in Nagpur”.

Slamming the state government, which recently completed 100 days in power, Omar said, “Usually, when a government completes 100 days in power, the CM and the deputy CM call the media to list its achievements. But Mufti sahib has kept his eyes shut and is praying to God that people should forget these 100 days. No advertisements, no interviews. These 100 days have proved hollow”.

The former CM also talked about a particular community being targeted during an anti-encroachment drive launched by the state forest department in Jammu. “…several orders are being issued. In Kashmir, Ladakh, Kargil and Jammu, forests have been robbed. But when you set up an enquiry, you only name three areas,” said Omar, adding, “It is only the agenda of the RSS to evict Muslims from those areas. This is their politics”.

The former CM also accused both the state and the central government of not keeping the promises they had made to the people of the state.

“We were forced to come out on the roads as the state government failed to fulfill the promises made to the people of the state,” he said. Omar also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failing to provide rehabilitation for those affected by the floods which had ravaged the state in September 2014.

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