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PDP govt pushing youth towards militancy, says Omar Abdullah

“There are reports that young and educated youth are joining militancy and this is a dangerous trend. And the responsibility on the large is on the present government, they should not hide things,’’ Omar said.

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The National Conference on Tuesday held the ruling Peoples Democratic Party responsible for pushing youth towards militancy.

Working President of NC Omar Abdullah, during a membership drive in South Kashmir where more than 30 boys have joined militancy, said that tie up between the PDP and the BJP could be a reason why youth are again joining militants. “There are reports that young and educated youth are joining militancy and this is a dangerous trend. And the responsibility on the large is on the present government, they should not hide things,’’ he said.

As per the police figures, 33 youths have joined militant groups in the Valley in last six months.

Omar recalled that when his father Farooq Abdullah and then Congress president Rajiv Gandhi joined hands, the youth took up the arms against the state. “Again we are passing through the same situation. This time also pact has taken place between two parties with different ideologies.’’

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Earlier on Friday, NC patron and former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah had said that Valley youth wave IS flags as they feel ignored and alienated by the present state government.

Abdullah said that the boys who raise flags can’t show their anger by any other method. “By putting these flags up they want to tell people that none of us are bothered about them.’’ He said that they have to look at the things that are pinching the youth. “You have to start taking measures that are essential to get these boys back into the national mainstream,’’ he said, adding that so many things can be done for these boys.

J&K government spokesman and Education Minister, Naem Akthar, however, said the number of youth joining militancy were more last year. “We have no competition with Omar Abdullah. He still holds the record. It is because of the alienation in youth created during last six years during Omar’s tenure that left state bankrupt. During his tenure he would say that the resentment is against the government of India not against him.’’

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Akthar said that Omar was responsible for derailing the process of peace started by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2002.

First published on: 28-07-2015 at 05:35:54 pm
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