Omar Abdullah Says Pakistan's Role In Kashmir Issue Is Established Fact

Omar Abdullah Says Pakistan's Role In Kashmir Issue Is Established Fact

31 August 2013
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, on Saturday said Pakistan has role in Kashmir and it was established fact. 'The role of Pakistan has been established in Kashmir issue in Shimla agreement, Lahore and Agra Summits,' Omar said. He said there was need for sustained dialogue between India and Pakistan to address Kashmir issue. 'The leaders of the two countries should talk and talk in right direction and perspective to resolve this issue once for all. We want to tell our children that Kashmir issue no longer exists and peace and development has taken the permanent place in the State,' Omar said addressing people at Pattan area of Baramaulla in north Kashmir. The Chief Minister said Kashmir issue was born at the time of the partition of the country. 'India considers its accession necessary for the secular character of India. While Pakistan wants the area to be with it for having Muslim majority representative character. Both the countries are nurturing their individual ideas about Kashmir and people of Jammu and Kashmir are suffering constantly,' he said and called for the summit between Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to talk over Kashmir. He said state government or any political leadership were not in a position to resolve the issues between India and Pakistan. The Chief Minister said some elements do not want India and Pakistan to talk. 'They want the burning issues to remain burning for their vested interests,' he said. Omar hit at the Opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) and accused it of taking to slogans, emotional blackmailing to grab power. Omar ridiculed the statement of PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who said if he would get 40 Assembly seats, he would solve Kashmir issue. He said his 28-members would support PDP, which has 21 members in the Assembly, if Mufti Mohammad Sayeed comes forward with a categorical solution to the Kashmir issue. 'You have 21 Assembly members. I will provide you the support of my 28 Assembly members. You will have 50 seats with you. Let you come forward with a certain and categorical solution to Kashmir issue,' he told PDP adding that he is ready to relinquish the office in this regard. 'What a lie you (PDP) are telling to people? People have understood your only agenda of grabbing power by hook or crook. The public is wiser enough to be led astray by you time and again,' he said. 'PDP has lost ground under his feet so it tries to raise new slogans and makes false promises to attract public attention. The ground below your feet is sinking and you believe to fool the people again and again. Not at all,' Omar said. He said 60-year-old Kashmir issue could not be solved by the long struggle spearheaded by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. 'It could not be solved by the four wars fought by India and Pakistan. It could not be solved by 25 years of militancy and disturbance. It could not be solved through summits and dialogues,' he said and ridiculed PDP's statement demanding 40 Assembly seats in next election to resolve Kashmir issue in a twinkle of eye. He criticised PDP for saying that Pakistan has no role in Kashmir issue. 'How Mr. Sayed has forgotten the history and political geneses of Kashmir issue. You were once talking of double currency. What is this new tone? Are you doing it to appease New Delhi,' he said. Omar said despite the fact that his party had not included Kashmir issue in its 2008 election manifesto, the party highlighted the need for recognising the political genesis of Kashmir issue and resolving it politically through the process of internal and external dialogues. 'We will continue to bat for it and facilitate the dialogue,' he said.