My Politics Is Politics Of Truth, Says Omar In His Appeal For Peace1 August 2010
The Indian Express
Srinagar: As massive protests rocked the Kashmir valley and the situation got completely out of control of the government, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah came on local Doordarshan and made an appeal to the civil society, political leaders belonging to both separatist and mainstream parties, and the media to help his government restore peace and normalcy. He said, “My politics is not politics of deceit, intrigue and machinations. My politics is politics of truth, sincerity, integrity and commitment to the people of J&K.” “From day one, I have advocated withdrawal of the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) and phased reduction of the Army from the valley but for that conducive atmosphere is a must,” he added. In a statement issued by the J-K government’s Information department, Omar said the prevailing situation in the valley is worrisome, saying that “some anti-social elements are hell bend to foment trouble, mayhem and bloodshed in the valley to satiate their political designs”. Omar also referred to the Kashmir problem and said that larger political issue of Kashmir has to be resolved by India and Pakistan and he would want to see an end to the bitterness between the two neighbouring countries. He appealed to the people to join his government to stop the bloodshed, saying that he and his government cannot stop it single handedly. “We should not provide any excuse or opportunity to the anti-social elements who want to build their castles on the blood of innocent youth. Such anti-social elements would not be allowed to play havoc with the lives of the people,” the chief minister said. “I am not happy with frequent curfews but human life matters more than the human movement.” He said the basic purpose of curfew is to avoid use of force and therefore, “I prefer imposing restrictions rather than putting the lives at risk”. He appealed to the people to extend cooperation and added that children’s education is the first causality of the prevailing situation as it has come to a grinding halt.