Situation across country is not the best we would want to find ourselves in
SRINAGAR: The National Conference today said that the GOI needs to engage people who don’t see a solution within the constitution of India. Talking to a delegation from the Canadian High Commission lead by Jess Dutton, Deputy High Commissioner of Canada who is on an official visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Working President and former chief minister Omar Abdullah today said We need to engage people who don’t see a solution within the constitution of India and find a solution
Stating that Jammu & Kashmir accession to india is what it is, and will not change the working president of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said Jammu and Kashmir accession to india was on the basis of an understanding, while all other states acceded and then merged but Jammu and Kashmir acceded on an instrument of an understanding that was based on Defence, foreign affairs, communication and currency and as such everything else would be the domain of the state, adding but over the time this has been whittled down
Stating that the National conference road map is the only way forward Omar said our road map is clear, that you cant have a one sided agreement, wherein Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain a part of India but the terms on which the accession took place you distort
He added therefore they need to restore to the fullest extent possible the autonomous position that existed between Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of the country
On the international front to address this vexed issue, Omar Abdullah told the Canadian delegation that for a solution to take place we will have to ensure that neither side claims victory he added We will have to ensure more freedom of movement & and allow greater movement of goods across the border, to start with
Showing concern over the situation across the country the former Chief Minister said that situation across the country is not the best we would want to find ourselves in.
Given the president of India has spoken thrice in three weeks which is extremely unusual is an indication of the gravity of the situation said Omar adding better late then never one hopes that the government in the centre wakes up to the damage thats being done and seek to correct it
Calling the anger and disappointment over not releasing the the flood package of people genuine and right Omar Abdullah said While in other states they paid 50, 000 for every mule that died, here even entire households have not been given that much money
People will ask why is that for them even mules have more value then our entire household he added we had put together a package of 44,000 cr and we are still waiting
Lashing out at the BJP-PDP alliance Omar said The Prime Minister Narender Modi while campaigning in the state time and again stated, that he wanted a mandate to remove me and Mufti from the politics of Jammu and Kashmir, and similarly Mufti went all around saying that if you want BJP to be out then you will have to vote me to power, This all proved to be a big lie and while they came together on very good promises none of them were fulfilled he added
Eight months later I am constrained to ask , can you show me a single promise that you have even started to implement, I don’t expect you to fulfill them said Omar.
The security environment has gone from bad to worse, the number of youngsters joining the ranks of militancy is actually alarming adding These are internally created problem and the government need to seriously look into it
Others present in the meeting included Gillian Frost, Counsellor and Head of Political and Economic progress, Nasir Aslam Wani Provincial President, Tanvir Sadiq, Political Secretary to Omar Abdullah and Madhusari Das, Senior Analyst at the High Commission
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