Jammu And Kashmir Integral Part Of India, Says CM Omar Abdullah

Jammu And Kashmir Integral Part Of India, Says CM Omar Abdullah

4 November 2013
The Economic Times


Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today ruled out that he had used words like 'conditional' and 'incomplete' regarding accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India and said the state is an integral part of the country. 'J-K acceded to India. If we acceded to India, are we not an integral part of India...of course we are,' Omar told media on the sidelines of re-opening of the bi-annual Darbar Move offices here today. 'Please do not put your words in my mouth? I never used the word 'conditional' nor the word 'incomplete'....I have not used such words. You pull out the Assembly record and say what I had said,' Omar said, replying to a question about his comments over accession of the state to India. Abdullah, during an interaction with a delegation of ambassadors of EU member nations, had reportedly said that while other states had merged with Union of India after accession, Jammu and Kashmir had only acceded to the federation on four matters of currency, communication, foreign affairs and defence. 'J-K acceeded to India...It is a part of India, there is no two ways about that. There may be difference about how the state acceded to India as compared to other sides but that does not call into question accession,' he said. On alliance with the UPA and whether his party will join the Third Front, Omar said, 'I have nothing to do with Third Front. National Conference is committed constituent of UPA.' Replying to another question about his suggestion that Irish model could help resolve Kashmir issue, he said, 'Anyone's solution cannot be implemented here suddenly. But we can learn from these processes, whether it is Israel-Palestine process or Ireland process or Scotland process or China model...I said this for the reason that we want that instead of violence the solution should be found out through talks or dialogue.' In a statement to a London-based newspaper, the chief minister had said that a peace accord on the lines of Irish and Scotland model could be thought for Kashmir. 'For the solution of J-K problem, separate model and proposals have been given out by several organisations, these proposal have come from Congress, BJP, NC, PDP and Bilal Lone's PC and others. 'I can be wrong as Chief Minister to say that only one proposal should be implemented. Although my party has a stand on it. I repeatedly requested the Centre that the proposals should be analysed and which it feels is right should be implemented,' he said. Responding to a question about his 'failure' to motivate the Centre to hold talks with separatists, Omar said, 'I had been successful in motivating the Centre rather than separatists. If separatists' intention are true then they should be ready to talk to the Centre. But unfortunately separatists have been taking one step forward and two steps backward.' 'It is easy to motivate the Centre, but it is difficult to motivate separatists. We cannot forcefully drag them to dialogue table, we can forcefully bat for it,' he said. Replying to another question on restrictions imposed on Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Omar said, 'It was administrative decision which was taken earlier to check his movement and it is again administrative decision to let him go now. Beyond that nobody needs to read more into it.' 'My job as Chief Minister is to ensure conducive atmosphere. The intelligence agencies and police felt that on Fridays Geelani's movement could threaten peace that prevailed. We have seen his track records that wherever he went stone-pelting followed,' Omar said. He said, 'We have done this to ensure that there is no law and order problem. As the situation improved the law and order agencies felt that it is appropriate to let him go.' 'It is for the people to determine whether or not he (Geelani) is a leader. It is not for me to determine. His support base is also fluid it depends upon situations...his support base grows during tension and during calm it reduces not disappears'.