DODA: Former Chief Minister and National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that Kashmir issue was a political issue and needed a political solution for heralding lasting peace in the state.
“For arriving at a solution, New Delhi must open channels of dialogue with all the stakeholders”, Omar Abdullah said while addressing a huge public rally in Doda this afternoon
Making a pointed reference to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s claim that demonetisation had a positive impact on the Kashmir situation, Omar Abdullah said the youth did not die for Rs 500 or Rs 1000 notes. “Instead of continuing to invest in delusions and deflections, there is need to understand real issues so that a solution can be worked out”, he added.
The Working President referred to the alarming Kashmir situation of the past over four months and said:“The issues involved are beyond economics or law and law and order and therefore New Delhi must take political initiatives for resolving these”. He expressed profound grief and sorrow over the deaths of young men and women in the unrest and said the contradictions and opportunism of the PDP-BJP alliance was at the root of turmoil in the Valley.
He said National Conference made a sincere and honest bid to put an end to peoples’ miseries and to defuse the situation by meeting the President, Prime Minister and Opposition leaders in New Delhi. “We did not politicise the situation like the PDP did by creating obstacles in smooth functioning of the government from 1999 to 2002 and between 2008 and 2014”, he said while referring to the stark contrast between Mehbooba Mufti of the Opposition and Mehbooba Mufti as leader of the PDP-BJP alliance.