Srinagar: People’s Conference (JKPC) Chairman, Sajad Lone has expressed serious concern at the recent statement of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah advising Government of India to explore other options while dealing with Pakistan.
According to a statement, Lone while terming it a brazen absurdity has stated that not only did it reflect political puerility on the part of the chief minster but was also indicative of the desperate attempt at political self-preservation by him at the cost of the well-being of the common people.
Lone has further termed Omars attitude as the only constant in an otherwise self-contradictory political path of the ruling clique. Terming war-mongering as detrimental not only to the regional stability but in particular to the lives of common Kashmiri people who invariably end up bearing the main brunt of the consequent violence and are the actual people at the receiving end of the macabre developments, Lone has said that this was however part of a historical continuation of the ruling party’s political philosophy wherein people’s interest was conveniently sacrificed at the altar of self-preservation and self-grandeur.
This attitude could be traced right from 1947 wherein in pursuit of self-grandeur and power, the then political patriarch of the now ruling party NC was the main character responsible for the Gordion knot the region confronts today. Unable to give precedence to the wishes of his people over his own interests he contributed towards the creation of the present predicament in Kashmir. It henceforth became a recurrent factor running through the different generational changes at the helm of the party wherein the leadership would harp on rhetorical pro-Kashmiri slogans when out of power only to conform to the Delhi pandering hardline posturing once in power.
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