No Military Solution To Kashmir: Omar

SRINAGAR — The National Conference said on Wednesday that dialogue, internally as well as externally, was imperative for the resolution of political issue in Kashmir as it could not be addressed through operational and military means.

“Dialogue, internally as well as externally, is imperative and the political issue in Kashmir as well as the ensuing crisis cannot be resolved through operational and military means,” National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah said in a statement here after a meeting of the party’s core group.

The meeting was called by Omar to discuss the prevailing situation and recent developments in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir was today placed under Governor’s rule for the fourth time in the last one decade after the BJP withdrew support to its alliance partner PDP, prompting Mehbooba Mufti to resign as the chief minister yesterday.

The NC leader said there should be zero-tolerance for human rights violations and the fundamental rights of the people should be upheld at all costs.

“The foremost concern should be to provide relief to the people of the state through a reconciliatory rather than confrontational approach and to work towards creating a peaceful, positive atmosphere in the state,” he added.

Omar said Mehbooba Mufti’s government would be remembered for its “ruthless, anti-people legacy that fuelled alienation in the Valley through its iron-fist approach” to deal with widespread disenchantment and disillusionment that was stoked by the PDP’s glaring ideological U-turn to remain in power.

He said the PDP’s approach to deal with recurring crises in the Valley was “an approach of denial, persecution and insensitivity evidenced by her silence on glaring human-rights violations” where youths were used as human shields and mowed down by vehicles in stark contrast to the hollow rhetoric of the former chief minister.

Omar said his party has sought the dissolution of the state assembly to thwart attempts and plans of horse-trading as this would result in further erosion in the credibility of the democratic process and institutions in the state.

He reiterated the party’s stand that it would neither seek support nor offer support for government formation in the state.

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