Kashmir Government Committed To Respecting Human Rights: Omar

26 April 2009

Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday said the ruling alliance of the Congress and the National Conference was committed to respecting human rights in Jammu and Kashmir and mentioned the shifting of an army camp and indictment of murder accused soldiers as achievements of his government. The alliance leaders Sunday carried out an aggressive poll campaign in south Kashmir, the bastion of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “I do not believe in cheap popularity. I want to be judged by my performance on the ground. The PDP merely used emotions to blackmail the people. During the PDP rule, 135 enquiries were ordered but the fate of not even one such enquiry is known so far to the people,” Abdullah said. “We ordered the shifting of the army camp in Bomai in north Kashmir. Not only was the camp shifted after the death of two youth there but those responsible for their killings were also indicted,” the chief minister said. Abdullah ordered shifting the brigade headquarters from north Kashmir’s Bomai village after people had threatened to migrate from there unless the camp was shifted the murder of two civilians allegedly by some troopers Feb 21. Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz, Congress general secretary Prithviraj Chauhan and National Conference candidate for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency Mirza Mehboob Beg also addressed large public meetings in Dooru. Chauhan said the PDP had been given lavish financial support by the centre during their alliance with the Congress in the state but it appears the developmental funds were completely misused by them. “Omar (Abdullah) is young, clean hearted and he wants to make Jammu and Kashmir a model state in the country,” Chauhan said. Soz told the people that they must vote for the National Conference candidate as the ruling alliance would never allow those to succeed in their designs who wanted to divide the people on religious lines. Out of 16 assembly constituencies in south Kashmir, the PDP won 12, Congress two, National Conference and the Communist Party of India-Marxist one each in the 2008 assembly elections. Anantnag, the home district of PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, will vote April 30.