Omar Abdullah said claims made by the Central government to justify the abrogation of Article 370 proved to be wrong as Jammu and Kashmir still faces militancy, separatism, destruction, and injustice
All claims made by the BJP-led Central government to justify the abrogation of Article 370 proved to be wrong as Jammu and Kashmir still face militancy, separatism, destruction, and injustice, National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah said on Sunday.
The former chief minister said militancy spread to even those areas, including summer capital Srinagar, which was declared militancy-free during his government’s tenure from 2009-15, with disillusioned local youths continuing to take up arms.
Addressing a public rally at the Doda bus stand, Abdullah said the claims of the Central government on ending militancy and separatism proved false as did its remarks that Article 370 created an obstacle for the outside investment and for the overall development of the J&K. Abdullah, who is currently on an eight-day tour of Chenab Valley region comprising Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts of Jammu province, said his party would continue its struggle in a peaceful manner to restore the pre-August 2019 status of Jammu and Kashmir. “All the claims of the government with regard to J&K to justify abrogation of Article 370 proved wrong. The reality is that J&K is faced with destruction, helplessness, unemployment, poverty, and injustice after the August 2019 development,” he said.
He said they are projecting that everyone in Jammu and Kashmir is happy and there is ‘mauja hi mauja’ (all is well) everywhere but “we have not seen this as the hearts of the people are weeping”. “They promised peace in Jammu and Kashmir but it is nowhere to be seen. During our rule (NC-Congress between 2009 and 2015), we removed security pickets from interior parts of Srinagar which were cleared of militancy and were also thinking of revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
No accountability in J&K administration: Omar
Jammu National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah claimed on Sunday that there is no accountability in the Jammu and Kashmir administration, which was reflected when senior civil officers were made to wait for hours outside a police station in Rajouri district.
The Rajouri deputy commissioner, along with two additional district magistrates, had to wait outside the Rajouri police station for a long time on Saturday evening after policemen reportedly locked the main door from inside and opened it only when the additional superintendent of police reached there.
“There is no accountability in the administration, where the powerful gets everything. Nobody is ready to listen to the public and they are also busy fighting each other. The officers are behaving like kings without the crown,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said addressing a public rally in Doda district.