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Omar Abdullah, Mirwaiz Farooq praise Narendra Modi for invoking Kashmir in Independence Day speech

Srinagar: Opposition National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's words for Kashmir in his Independence Day speech have been received very well by the people in the Valley, but they need to be followed by action.

Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech on Tuesday. PTI

Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech on Tuesday. PTI

"Modi's words for Kashmir have been very well received by the people here but everyone here is weary of yet more talk and (and) no concrete action," he said.

"The proof of the pudding is in the eating. We look forward to being embraced in the warm grip of understanding, acceptance and respect," the former J-K chief minister said.

"That respect must include respect for the unique status Jammu and Kashmir enjoys within the Constitution of India, that sets it apart from all other states," he said, referring to the row over Article 35A, which provides special rights to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir, of the Constitution.

Abdullah also took a dig at news channels, asking that without the goli (bullets) and the gaali (abuses), what would happen to the TV news studios that specialise in deploying these weapons against all Kashmiris?

Meanwhile, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also joined the Kashmir-based parties in welcoming Modi's statement, saying if humanity and justice replace bullets and abuses, resolution of Kashmir issue can become a reality.

Published Date: Aug 15, 2017 19:58 PM | Updated Date: Aug 15, 2017 19:58 PM