Geelani’s 5 Points Already Accepted11 November 2010
Srinagar: The chief minister Omar Abdullah Thursday revealed that New Delhi has already accepted all five demands put forth by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani for initiation of dialogue with New Delhi. In an interview with a local newsgathering agency, KNS at his Jammu residence, the chief minister revealed that New Delhi has accepted all five demands put forth by Hurriyat (G) chairman. “The interlocutors have already termed Kashmir as a dispute and New Delhi has not opposed it. The other four demands of Geelani come under the prerogative of the State government and the government is trying to implement them,” he said. “Is Geelani sahib looking for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stand up in the Parliament and state Kashmir is a dispute and repeat all his five demands,” he questioned. About Pakistan’s role in Kashmir resolution, Omar said had Pakistan not any role in Kashmir, his grandfather (Late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah) would not have visited Pakistan to meet Ayoub Khan. “Since Tashkand to Shimla and other agreements, Pakistan was there,” he said adding even the interlocutors have not ruled out Pakistan’s role in resolution of Kashmir issue. He further disclosed that after US President Barack Obama’s India visit, quiet talks have started between India and Pakistan. “Me and my government are going to be part of such talks,” he said Omar hoped that in future India and Pakistan would eschew bitterness and work towards resolution of Kashmir issue. Stating that Machil fake encounter changed the entire situation in Kashmir, the chief minister said, “The reality is that my government unearthed Machil incident as it did not want to hide anything. The report about Shopian incident was made public for which I am not to be blamed. Shopian incident had nothing to do with the recent agitation”. About his accession speech in the assembly, Omar said whatever he stated in the assembly was based on history and his ideology. “There was no hidden hand behind my accession speech. I am the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir not New Delhi. I don’t take dictation from New Delhi. I also don’t need a certificate from Delhi,” he said in a strong tone. He said some of his political rivals opposed his accession speech. “I did not spoke anything more than what Home Minister P Chidambaram had been saying. He (Home Minister) had been stating that Kashmir’s accession with India happened in unique situation and the solution to the problem has to be a unique one,” he said adding he is the only chief minister, who had to go through very tough situation. About protest calendars, Omar said those who were issuing calendars added to the problems of people. “As a result, people rejected the calendars and normalcy is returning. The process of issuing calendars is still on but people have slowly started rejecting it,” he said. Crediting people who issued protest calendars for helping restore normalcy in the Valley, he said, “People detected their (Hurriyat G’s) wrong policies and disassociated themselves from the calendars. So, I give the credit for return of normalcy to people issuing calendars”. Omar sought cooperation of people for the next four years. “I couldn’t deliver during last two years. Now, people should give me an opportunity to deliver in next four years,” he said and added that if people won’t be satisfied by his work, they can remove him from the government through their vote in 2014 elections.