No Rift With Rather, Sagar: Omar

No Rift With Rather, Sagar: Omar

7 May 2011
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday dismissed rumors of rift with his senior cabinet colleagues and said that they were very much in his inner circle. In an interview with a national news channel, Omar said, “Abdul Rahim Rather and Ali Mohammad Sagar are Finance and Rural Development ministers in my cabinet. What more insiders they can be? Sagar is member of coordination committee also.” He termed the stories of rebellion in National Conference as baseless. On contradictions between him and Farooq Abdullah on dialogue process with Pakistan, he said, “There are no contradictions. He (Farooq) is a union minister and I am chief minister. I have my responsibilities and he has his own. I talk as CM and he talks like a union minister.” Omar said that linking his family in the issue wasn’t justified. “There might be some difference of opinion between Farooq sahib and me. But it is not something on which you can add spice and make stories,” he said. On talks with separatists, the Chief Minister said, “Our job is only to facilitate the dialogue.” Asked who was responsible for the killing of 118 youth in last year’s summer uprising, he said, “Let us not get involved in blame game. Mistakes happened from both the sides. We can’t hold one side responsible for it.” On the investigations in the killing of teenager Tufail Matoo, he said, “Investigations are on. Some people have been arrested. If you want to prove that we are doing nothing, it is not a fact.” The Chief Minister acknowledged that Dogra Certificate order had been issued without his and cabinet’s consent. “Dogra Certificate order should not have been issued. It had been done without the consent of the cabinet. But we dealt with it tactfully.” Asked whether the order was revoked under pressure from Hurriyat (G) chairman’ Syed Ali Geelani, he said, “Geelani had no role to play in it. We ourselves revoked it. Some people wanted to add fuel to the fire but we avoided that.” On removal of bunkers in the Valley, Omar said, “We aren’t talking about removing camps yet. If you will show me army bunker in Srinagar I will remove that. We will reach to the stage of removing camps also one day.”


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