Hope Centre will reconsider decision to cancel talks with Pak: Omar Abdullah

Omar said as the communication between India and Pakistan has broken down.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Updated: August 24, 2014 4:41 pm
Omar said the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border were a "matter of very serious concern". Omar said the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border were a “matter of very serious concern”.

Terming frequent violations of the ceasefire as a “matter of serious concern”, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday expressed hope that the Centre would reconsider its decision of cancelling talks with Pakistan in order to end the border hostilities.

“I hope that there is some rethink on this (calling off of talks with Pakistan),” Omar told reporters after addressing a public meeting in the outskirts of the city.

India had called off Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan after Islamabad’s envoy to New Delhi Abdul Basit went ahead with meetings with separatist leaders from Kashmir even after he was asked by the Centre to desist from it.

Omar said the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border were a “matter of very serious concern”.

“The ceasefire violations are increasing in intensity. They are no longer confined only to BSF posts. By design now, civilian areas are being targeted, civilians are being killed and injured. People are being forced to migrate from border areas,” he added.

Omar said as the communication between India and Pakistan has broken down, he does not know how the Centre will resolve the issue of ceasefire violations and its effects on the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Given the breakdown in communication between India and Pakistan, I don’t know how the Narendra Modi government plansto resolve this issue but they have an obligation to resolve it because they promised the people of this country ‘acche din’ (good days),” he said.

The people living along the border are people of this country. They have as much of right to ‘acche din’ as anybody else but they are yet to see those ‘acche din’, he said. “If anything, they have seen their days go from bad to worse. Therefore, I think it is time for Prime MinisterNarendra Modi and his government to fulfil their commitment of ‘acche din’ and restore peace and normalcy along the border,”the Chief Minister said.

Responding to a question, Omar said the cancellation of the talks was not the result of ceasefire violations.

“The cancellation of talks was result of ‘cup of tea’ that has continued every year since 1994. It is part of Pakistan’s, what they call, moral support.

“To expect that Pakistan would stop this before an overall settlement of the Kashmir issue, is I think to expect too much of Pakistan,” he said.

Omar did not foresee resumption of talks with Pakistan soon as the Centre has said talks with Islamabad will not resume as long meeting with separatists continue.

“Given that that the bar has been set that till these tea sessions continue, the talks will not resume, I don’t know how we can expect the resumption of talks,” he added.

On BJP president Amit Shah setting his eyes on the election-bound Jammu and Kashmir, Omar said he was not worried about it as his National Conference was the only party which can stop the national ruling party.

“As far as I know, the only party that can do this (stop BJP) is the National Conference. We will do everything possible to ensure that ‘ab ki baari BJP ki baari nahi hogi’ (this time it will not be BJP’s turn),” he said.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Aug 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    Omar's days are over, so whats the point in talking. If he has ruled the state effectively, he would have has respect and centre would have listened. But now every time he opens his mouth its laughing stock, irrelevant and funny comments..........time to go for this old family
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      GandhiSpeaks
      Aug 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm
      India has been very patient with the stan issue, and stan has time and again shown bad faith. At some point this needs to stop. stan needs to focus on their country's development rather than focus on destroying India. That does help either.
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        siv ramkisen
        Aug 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm
        Dear Mr. Omar, you are in no position to advise anyone. As the present situation is a direct consequences of your and your partner's (congress) policies, more correctly lack of any policy, please don't make it worse by providing thoughtless advise.Let the new sarkar handle the situation to benefit the people of India. We the people have full faith in the new regime.Please stop playing politics with such an important issue. The lesser you speak the better. And, be a patriot and support the new regime instead of criticizing it meaninglessly.
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          kris kumar
          Aug 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm
          I do not understand why all of a sudden Omar is pushing for a dialogue with rogue and terrorist state of Pak. UPA/Congress have been in power for so many years and nothing happened as will never stop killing innocent Indian. I think Modi will decide when and how to respond with aggression as he is not going to be messed about by or ISI
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            parth
            Aug 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm
            this traitor is back ....i bet he would be saying same words if his son would be in army
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              ramdas
              Aug 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm
              Why not go to the border and plead with them. Can't you do that.
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                Suresh Mjf
                Aug 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm
                "Terming frequent violations of the ceasefire as a “matter of serious concern”, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday expressed hope that the Centre would reconsider its decision of cancelling talks with stan in order to end the border hostilitiesdia had called off Foreign Secretary level talks with stan after Islamabad’s envoy to New Delhi Abdul Basit went ahead with meetings with separatist leaders from Kashmir even after he was asked by the Centre to desist from it.The cancellation of talks was result of ‘cup of tea’ that has continued every year since 1994. It is part of stan’s, what they call, moral support.To expect that stan would stop this before an overall settlement of the Kashmir issue, is I think to expect too much of stan, he said".The above are excerpts from the Express Report of 24th August 2014. One fails to understand, whether Omar Abdullah is an Indian or stani. A brief recap of history - on 16th August 1946 the Muslim League called for "Direct Action Day" that resulted in wanton communal strife, bloodshed and mayhem across all of undivided India. In spite of some efforts by the British Imperialsists the separatist terrorism continued till India was vivisected on 14th August 1947 - Western Punjab, Sind, Balochistan and North West Frontier Province - Muslim majority area formed West stan - while East Bengal, already once parioned in 1905 and then reunited - once again a Muslim majority area formed East stan. More than a 1000 miles of India separate the two stans who had nothing more in common than they were Muslim majority areas - neither the language, nor the culture nor the food habits. Shortly after Independence stan attacked Kashmir, a Muslim majority area of Raja Hari Singh's kingdom who opted to join with India rather than stan. Even though the Indian Army and Air force were stronger Jawahar Lal Nehru dithered even though Sardar Patel suggested Army Action. stan occupied part of Kashmir and Nehru referred the matter to UN Security Council in 1948 where it still is languishing without a solution in sight. In fall of 1965 there was a war with stan - wherein India was the clear winner. The Indian Army was at the outskirts of La and the Capital Rawalpindi would have fallen in a few days, when India was pressured to withdraw both by USA & USSR. To the NC and PPP cadres during this war it was a Muslim patriot Havildar Abdul Hamid of the 4th Battalion Grenadiers who was posthmously awarded the Highest military honour PARAM VIR CHAKRA for single handedly destroying 3 Patton Tanks from his jeep and was killed while tackling the fourth. In 1971 when stan attacked what is now Bangla Desh to restore order, India was forced to retatilate due to the influx of refugees from East stan leading to the birth of Bangla Desh. The theocratic Muslim state stan could not even celebrate the silver jubilee of its formation.Omar Abdullah justifies stan High Commissioner's meeting with Kashmiri separatist as "moral support" which has been going on for the last twenty years. Perhaps Mr. Abdullah should be reminded that as person who took oath on the Indian Consution there is no scope for sympathy to the separatists who are bent on once again vivisecting India. The Central Government's stand is unambiguous - no encouragement to anti national elements if you want dialogue with us . And Mr. Omar Abdullah, if stan cannot restrain itself from anti Indian Activities, then it should resign itself to no dialogues with the Indian Government - "moral support" or any other support notwithstanding.
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                  Suresh Mjf
                  Aug 25, 2014 at 7:18 am
                  It is very important for us to now really challenge Article 370 granting special to Kashmir. This Article was not introduced by a consutional amendment but by a Presidential fiat in 1957. it is not a part of the Consution of India. Supporters including the likes of Omar Abdullah will state that since we have accepted the Article for nearly six decades, maintain status quo. It is the so called Indians like Omar Abdullah and Mohd Mufti Sayeed, who have encouraged the separatists movement in Kashmir, if not de jure then de facto - and now want dialouge with stan which does not accept the territoral claim of India over POK. Not only that, the High Commissioner openly meets and discusses separatist agenda with the Kashmiri separatists. Simla and La Agreenets are ignored. For any dialouge to be successful there has to be give and take - in the past 66 years stan has only taken never given - Kudos to Modi for his stand on dialouge with stan - accept our soverignity over Kashmir, follow our bilateral Simla and La agreements and then come to the the talks table.
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                    Citizen
                    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm
                    Talks yes but only after no violation of cease fire and as per Simla agreement and La declaration. Appeal to the other side to stop this nonsense to divert the attention from the local problems of their own. Jaihind
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                      Citizen
                      Aug 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm
                      The very fact POK means it is occupied illegally by the other side for 66 years our guys pla only vote bank politics and nothing else for their own selfish reasons and even accepted pundits as asylum seekers and provided shelter in Delhi shame on those rulers who are not able to protect and send them back with confidence even providing army/retired defense guys protection.370 should be sped. Jaihind
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