Farooq hits out at OIC, asks it to take care of Arab world28 June 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah today came down sharply on the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), which had termed Jammu and Kashmir as 'Indian occupied Kashmir’’ saying the OIC has no business or jurisdiction over Kashmir and should set it own house in order before commenting on other countries. Describing as 'irrelevant’’ the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report submitted by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on 2G spectrum issue, Dr Abdullah said since the Government has constituted a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the scam, the PAC has nothing to do with it. He described the working of NC-Congress coalition Government as 'good’’ and took the comments of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should devote more time to the State in a lighter vein saying 'he (Mr Singh) keeps on speaking and we keep on listening. He is a good friend of us’’. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the inspection of site for cricket stadium at Bajalata in Nagrota, Dr Abdullah made it categorically clear that the OIC has no jurisdiction over Jammu and Kashmir nor their views mattered for India or the State. 'The views of OIC didn’t make any different. More over, all members of the OIC are not part of this game (to address Jammu and Kashmir as Indian occupied Kashmir). We are not worried at all about the OIC. We know how to deal with such issues’’, Dr Abdullah said. Pointing out that India has largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia, the Union Minister asserted that India is a tall country. 'We know where we stand. We also know that there are some interested parties, which want to create trouble for India. We are capable of tackling them’’, he said. 'Why the OIC is not worried about what is happening in Arab world? What is happening in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Israel’’? he asked saying the OIC should think of Bahrain and not of India, more so Jammu and Kashmir, which is returning to normal. Replying to questions on BJP veteran and former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani blaming Jawahar Lal Nehru, former Prime Minister and Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, former Chief Minister of the State, for Kashmir problem, Dr Abdullah lashed out at the BJP describing it as a 'communal organisation’’. 'Jammu and Kashmir is today a part of India due to Sheikh Abdullah and National Conference. Otherwise, we would have become a part of Pakistan and no body could have stopped us’’, he said, adding that India is a secular and not a communal country. He maintained that the people would keep on writing about Nehru and Sheikh as they were two tall personalities of the country. 'Farooq knows we are part of India and no one can change us from that course’’. Asserting that Advani has 'grown old like me’’ and 'trapped in the history’’, the National Conference president and former Chief Minister of the State had a word of advice for the veteran BJP leader. He said Mr Advani should think of the modern India and not the country of six decades ago. Noting that the BJP had committed a series of mistakes, Dr Abdullah said the party owed an explanation to the country as to what the Army did for 10 months during ‘Operation Parakaram) on the mountains. 'Nothing was done. No shot was fired. Instead, 22 civilians were massacred by the militants in Rajouri when the then Prime Minister of India and BJP leader Atal Behari Vajpayee visited Pakistan in the bus via Wagah border. 'They (the BJP leadership at the helm of affairs then) didn’t carry Farooq Abdullah in the bus. They took Actor Dev Anand to Pakistan’’, he regretted. Reminding Mr Advani that he had given a list of 20 most wanted terrorists to Pakistani and declared that there would be no talks with that country till they hand over the persons, the Union Minister wanted to know 'what happened later’’? Instead, he said, the BJP Government invited the then Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf to Agra. 'It was not Farooq Abdullah, who invited Pakistan President to India. It was the BJP leadership’’. Replying to a question on a fresh meeting of PAC today convened by its chairman and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on 2G spectrum, Dr Abdullah was of the view that the PAC has been rendered 'irrelevant’’ after the constitution of JPC. 'It was now job of the JPC to go through the entire spectrum of 2G’’, he maintained. To another question on New Delhi speaking to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah through media, Dr Abdullah remarked 'old habits die hard’’. He said he had been 'more blunt’’ as a Chief Minister, which his son (Chief Minister Omar Abdullah) is not. However, he opined that there were no differences between NC-Congress coalition Government. The coalition is running smoothly, he added. To another question that whether Congress (I) general secretary, Digvijay Singh, who had reportedly criticized Omar’s 'frequent trips to New Delhi’’ was a ‘loose canon’ or a ‘guided missile’’, Farooq said there was nothing such and he was a good friend of him. Farooq dismissed the reported criticism of Omar Abdullah’s 'frequent' vists to Delhi by Digvijay Singh. 'Omar Abdullah goes to Delhi whenever there is a meeting. He only goes to Delhi. Farooq Abdullah used to go all over the world. The State still ran. What is matter then? How does it matter?', he asked. Digvijay Singh had said that some media reports suggested that Omar frequently visited Delhi to meet his family which he had requested him to avoid. 'However, I am informed today that in the last four months the Chief Minister has hardly visited New Delhi and most of the time his visits have been for official purposes and I also understand that his public contact has increased manifold. This is indeed very heartening to note for me,' the Congress general secretary later said. Farooq said, 'Jammu and Kashmir has a vital role. The only State in India where a Chief Minister has not just national importance but international importance.' He said the Centre should help the State grow economically and ensure better prospects for the youth in Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir. To a question, Farooq said he will take up with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister the issue of reported difficulty being faced by Kashmiri students in admission process in Madhya Pradesh.