China Offered Guns, Sheikh Chose Peace: Omar13 May 2010
Srinagar: In a significant revelation, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said soon after India’s partition Sheikh Abdullah, then most popular leader, had declined Chinese offer to supply arms for espousing the cause of independence. Addressing a one-day Maha Gram Sabha Convention at TRC ground, Omar said he wanted youth to hold pens and job orders in their hands not guns and stones. “One of the top Chinese leaders offered guns to Sheikh Sahib and told him to use gun in Kashmir. But he rejected the offer saying he can’t give gun to his son Farooq Abdullah and neither to any other Kashmiri. I am his grandson and I will never allow gun culture to flourish again in Kashmir.” Omar further said Sheikh preferred exile rather than holding guns in the hands of Kashmiris. Launching a scathing attack on separatist leaders, Omar said, there are some political parties who don’t want resolution of Kashmir issue. “If they would work for the solution of Kashmir issue, their identity will be lost forever. These people play politics on the blood of innocent youth and make them hold stones in their hands. We believe in politics of development and peace,” he said. Terming 1960 Indus-Water treaty (IWT) as ‘injustice’ with people of State, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said had National Conference patriarch Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah not been in prison, the accord would not have taken place. He accused separatist leaders of playing politics over the blood of youth by holding stones in their hands. India and Pakistan committed a big mistake by dividing the rivers of Jammu and Kashmir. “Three rivers of State flow into Pakistan. According to IWT we can’t use water of our own rivers, which is grave injustice with us. The IWT is a complete injustice with people of the State,” he said. “NC founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was in jail when IWT was signed by India and Pakistan. Had he not been in prison, I believe the accord would not have taken place,” the chief minister said. He said whenever he visits New Delhi, he raises the issue with Government of India. “I seek compensation for the losses incurred by the State due to IWT,” he said. Referring to PDP, Omar said when the party raised IWT issue in the State Legislative Assembly and tried to blame NC founder for it, Mufti Sayeed told her daughter to remain silent. “He told her that Sheikh Abdullah was in jail at the time of signing of treaty,” he said. Taking a dig at PDP, he said the party has developed a habit of taking undue credit for things they never do. “These people fly to Delhi to see what is happening and on their return claim credit for everything. The party even claimed credit for resumption of India-Pakistan talks,” he said. The chief minister said he doesn’t believe in drum beating. “PDP has this habit and let them continue with it,” he said. The Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah in a veiled reference to PDP said IWT was signed by Jawahar Lal Nehru and Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was part of Congress then. “They blame NC for selling water resources to GoI but reality is that they (PDP) sold it. My father was in jail at the time of signing of IWT accord,” he said.