October 2018 News

Autonomy Only Solution To Kashmir Problem, Says Omar

24 October 2018
The Daily Pioneer

Srinagar: Former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that granting autonomy is the only practical solution to the decades-old problem of Jammu & Kashmir. 'Every day we hear news about killings, encounters, crackdowns, CASO's across the state. South was already boiling but now even Srinagar is witnessing massive gunfights, crackdowns. It seems that the Government has lost its writ over the situation in Kashmir,' Abdullah told a gathering of party workers. He said that restoration of internal autonomy affords a pragmatic way out. 'It is high time for the Government of India to implement the resolution of autonomy. It is the only pragmatic solution to the age-old problem. J&K is a unique State and needs a special dispensation in terms of regional autonomy to satisfy the needs of the State,' he said. He said the people in the State were suffering due to non-governance, development deficit and lack of accountability. 'The situation on the ground is a mess and the security scenario has deteriorated. The youth of Kashmir are at the receiving end of all this. Every day innocent civilians come in the line of fire. What happened in Kulgam where seven civilians were killed is a grim reminder of how bad the situation is. What is adding salt to the situation is the laid-back attitude of the Central Government,' he said.