Don’t Presume Silence Of Gun As Solution: Omar To New Delhi

9 October 2008

Srinagar: National Conference president Omar Abdullah today said New Delhi should not construe silence of gun in Kashmir as automatic solution to Kashmir dispute. “Kashmir dispute is in hearts of people here and it needs resolution,” Omar said addressing party workers from Pulwama at party headquarters in Nawai Subh here. He said India and Pakistan should take concrete steps to resolve Kashmir dispute and warned New Delhi that it should not presume present lull in situation as solution. He said New Delhi should understand the feelings of people and address the alienation. He said he had met the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress president Sonia Gandhi ahead of Muzaffarabad march and asked them to have correct assessment of the situation. Had it happened, the highway blockade couldn’t have taken place and people wouldn’t have marched to Muzaffarabad, he said. He said New Delhi never thinks about resolving Kashmir dispute until it burns. He said the prime minister always talks about 50,000 crore rupees given to the state. “Where has this money gone?” he asked. He said the coalition government should give account of the money and funds it has received in past six years. He said why the government has not provided jobs to 50,000 people as it has promised. He said PDP had raised slogan of healing touch and instead of giving healing touch to people, it set the whole state on fire and now it has become difficult to have elections in the state. He accused the PDP and the Congress for bringing back the state to 1996 situation. He said PDP was involved in the land transfer issue. The PDP, he said, first allotted the land to the Shrine Board and then made issue out of it. He said two PDP ministers were involved in the controversial decision and the party was responsible for 57 deaths that took place in past two months. Taking credit for the Baglihar project, Omar said that Dr Farooq Abdullah laid foundation of this project, which was being commissioned by the Prime Minister. He asked the party workers to gear up for the upcoming elections.