PMO Undermined Sharma’s Status: Omar

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Srinagar—National Conference working president Omar Abdullah, who met Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma in Srinagar on Wednesday, said nothing was expected from his visit and that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had undermined the interlocutor’s status.

“Nothing expected from Dineshwar Sharma visit. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has undermined his status. The Centre needs to clear its stand.”

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister added that the meeting between the two was a private meeting. “It was a private meeting, did not discuss autonomy and stated party position.

Omar Abdullah said he told Dineshwar Sharma that he should not sit in a guest house and wait for people to come to meet him and should expand his area of operation.

What we talked about is between us. I put forward certain things and he agreed to consider them because if you just sit at the guest house and wait for people to come nothing will happen. Hope when he comes next his efforts will increase,” Omar Abdullah told ANI when asked about his meeting with the Kashmir interlocutor.

Mr Abdullah also alleged that the central government should “clear the hurdles” in the interlocutor’s way so that he can work freely.

“The hurdles that centre has created by the statements of centre should be stopped so that he can wok freely. We hope if it’s done next time more people may meet him,” he said.

Delhi’s Approach ‘Miscalculated’: Dr Farooq

Claiming the Centres approach was “persistently miscalculated”, opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah said today that “half-hearted” measures for the resolution of the Kashmir issue should be stopped.

“It is because of their persistently miscalculated approach that Kashmir has been going through the turmoil of worst kind. (Due to) Their repeated deception that people of Kashmir do not even have an iota of faith in the central government and its political initiatives,” he alleged at a public rally in Machil in Kupwara district.

The opposition leader claimed that the governments policies were breeding feelings of estrangement and dissociation among the people of the state.

 “New Delhi should understand that iron fist and subjugation has never yielded positive results anywhere. Same is the case with Kashmir where its because of these things that situation has deteriorated over the years. It is high time that the policy makers realize the gravity of situation and start to look at Kashmir empathetically and not merely as a law and order problem,” he said.

The NC president said that Maharaja Hari Singh acceded to the Union of India on three conditions unique to the state.

It has been recorded and accepted in the Indian Constitution as well, so we are not like any other state in India, he said adding that autonomy should be restored.

He said the best political initiative from BJP government at the Centre would have been taking steps to restore faith of people by showing sincerity in addressing Kashmir issue.

“Instead there has been a well planned and executed political conspiracy to aggravate the situation by fiddling with Article 35 A and Article 370 of Indian Constitution, not once but consistently,” he added.

He alleged the state government had neglected local governance.

“I am in utter shock and disbelief that through my tour of LoC areas I did not see any sign of government. Peoples plight has no listeners,” he claimed.

“We have cleared our position. How will the government, which is not ready to discuss autonomy, talk to us?” Farooq was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times. “In (the) earlier meeting with the Centre in 2002, the context was different — India and Pakistan were talking, all the stakeholders were involved. Today, there is no clarity on what they want. They are just wasting time. It seems to be no more than a PR exercise.”

Not Sharma, GOI must show seriousness: Tarigami

 CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami met the interlocutor along with J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president G.A. Mir and independent MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen Wednesday morning.

“He listened very patiently, but we feel the outcome depends on the Government of India. It is not Sharma, but how serious the central government is,” Tarigami said.

“Since his appointment, certain voices have suggested that this is a non-serious exercise. We told him that this attitude lowers his credibility, and the government must ensure dialogue is serious and is sustained,” he added.

“We told him Kashmir is a vexed problem. We believe force or violence is no solution, but dialogue is. This is not a law and order issue, but a historical issue, which deserves to be addressed,” Tarigami said.

He also said a “suggestion was made that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must take the Parliament into confidence and assure the people of the Valley that Article 370 and 35A must be saved from further dilution”.

The delegation led by Tarigami also asked for a credible judicial commission to look at cases of human rights violations and political prisoners.

“We also demanded withdrawal of cases against the youth who participated in mass protests in the last few years. They must be given one more chance,” Tarigami said.

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