Omar Has Not Done Home Work On AFSPA Withdrawal: Mehbooba27 October 2011
Srinagar: Blaming chief minister Omar Abdullah 'for not doing home work' over removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Aact in Jammu and Kashmir, president of main opposition Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti Thursday said 'it was unfortunate that the announcement had resulted in utter confusion and the price was paid by ordinary civilians'. Mehbooba claimed that her party had a clear view and vision on the emergency laws and had spearheaded the movement for the restoration of full civil liberties and democratic institutions in the state. Regretting that the 'superficial and incompetent' handling of the issue by chief minister Omar Abdullah had led to an atmosphere of confrontation, Mehbooba said: 'It appears that the CM had not done his home work before he rushed to make an announcement about the proposed withdrawal of AFSPA from certain areas, even though such withdrawal from places like Samba, Jammu or Srinagar only would make little impact on the situation but at least it could be a small beginning for a larger process. Things were made worse by the usual lack of cohesion among various components of the govt and it seems that a debate is taking place only after the announcement was made by the CM while it should have happened in the reverse sequence.' Mehbooba said the NC has emerged once again as a party 'with forked tongue' and is blaming every body else except it self for its faults. 'Even the family members Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mustafa Kamal have been speaking in different voices and the party has not been able even to reconcile differences with its alliance partner it seems from the statements made by the coalition partners,' she said. Mehbooba said: 'The present crisis once again highlight the personality deficiencies of the chief minister as he failed to take even his own political partners on board before making a hasty announcement.' Mehbooba said any move towards revocation of AFSPA should in normal course have brought relief to the people but instead the violence had suddenly spurted and various links of govt engaged in a blame game which is hurting further the already paralysed governance. 'It seems in place of providing relief to people and introducing an element of relaxation the government has succeeded only in instilling fear among people as a consequence of fresh violence and political infighting,' she added.