Omar Blames Hartal Politics For Killings22 June 2010
Srinagar: Coming down hard on the proponents of “hartal politics,” the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, on Tuesday said that stones and rocks had been thrust into the hands of poor Kashmiri boys by those who had sent their own children abroad for world-class education. “These people play the politics of bloodshed, while I want our youth to contribute their toil and sweat,” the chief minister told pressmen at his residence. “The proponents of hartals have stepped up the politics of bloodshed to serve their own ends and are engaged in misleading the youth,” he said. “These people and leaders have sent their own children outside the state and outside the country for good education, but spare no efforts in inciting innocent Kashmiri boys on violence by thrusting stones into their hands. Misled by the rhetoric, these youth fall prey to death,” he said. “Some people exploit the youth for their own vested interests, and the gullible youngsters fall prey to death. But the government will not tolerate this situation, and no one responsible for human rights violations will be spared,” he said. “I want the sweat of hard-work from our youth so that they make a name for themselves. I don’t want them to be driven into the jaws of death,” he said. “I want their toil, not their blood, so they must not allow anyone to mislead them, but think about their future,” he said. The chief minister said that he did not want youth to be held in detention, but said that those arrested would be released if parents, prominent residents and mosque clerics guaranteed their good behaviour. He said that investigations into the killings in Srinagar had been ordered and that the government was awaiting the report of the divisional commissioner. “Action will commence as soon as we receive the report,” he said. Earlier, speaking to the 75th all-India presiding officers’ conference, the chief minister said that the situation was improving fast in Jammu and Kashmir, and that holding of the confab in Srinagar was evidence of the fact. Welcoming the delegates, including the Lok Sabha speaker, Meira Kumar, the chief minister said: “We are confronted with difficulties, and our efforts to usher in peace continue, with hopes rising about the return of normalcy He admitted that the law and ordered situation had been disrupted in Srinagar, but said that this did not mean the entire valley was affected. “The Lok Sabha speaker and other presiding officers have witnessed the situation here first hand for the past few days, and they should present the correct picture outside because events in Kashmir are being exaggerated, having a harmful effect on tourism,’ he said.