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New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Saturday, any initiative that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may take to resolve the current crisis in the Valley could calm tempers but if it is not followed up then it becomes difficult to sort out.

File image of Omar Abdullah. AFP

File image of Omar Abdullah. AFP

He agreed with former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's views that the centre had broken promises on issues that formed the state's accession to India, saying they have been "dishonest with the people of Jammu and Kashmir".

"It will help. It will definitely calm tempers but there will be far more suspicion today than a few years ago. Because if it is not followed through, every time a problem like this arises, then it becomes more difficult to bring an end to it," he told Karan Thapar on India Today TV.

He was replying to a question whether a grand initiative by the Prime Minister could normalise the situation in the Valley.

First Published On : Jul 23, 2016 21:19 IST

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