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BJP attacks opposition party leader Abdullah, Tarigami over Kashmir unrest meeting

Jammu: On Thursday BJP attacked NC leader Omar Abdullah for "absolving" Pakistan of its role in the current turmoil in the Kashmir Valley and accused the opposition parties of "aggravating the prevailing situation" to destabilise the coalition government in the state.

Hitting out at the opposition parties a day after their meeting to discuss the Kashmir unrest, BJP also said it was not the time to have dialogue with Pakistan or any other individuals or groups on the Jammu and Kashmir issues.

"Leaders like Omar Abdullah, Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami and Congress leaders who participated in yesterday's meeting of opposition parties in Srinagar are trying to fish in troubles waters," BJP state spokesperson Virender Gupta alleged.

He claimed that none of the leaders had played any effective role in pacifying the situation.

"Instead of playing a constructive role these leaders remained engaged in instigating the people and aggravating the prevailing situation.

A file photo of Omar Abdullah. PTI

A file photo of Omar Abdullah. PTI

"Omar Abdullah's tweets on a daily basis gave support to the ongoing agitation led by the extremists and terrorist groups at the behest of Pakistan," he alleged.

Targeting Congress, the BJP leader said, "It was obvious from the statements of Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram that Congress was acting behind the scene in organizing the present meeting to take the benefit of the existing situation and destabilize the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Gupta criticized Omar for "absolving" Pakistan and "downplaying" its role in creation of the present situation, "whereas it is well known and amply clear from the statements of Pakistan Prime Minister, its President, Army Chief and other functionaries, apart from the leaders of the terrorist groups, that Pakistan and terrorist groups operating from there are mainly responsible for the present situation in the Valley.

"Omar Abdullah must have the knowledge that most of the terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir recently belonged to Pakistan and must be aware of the admission statements of Pakistani terrorists captured by the Indian security forces.

"Omar needs to explain the reason for denial of truth and for his blatant lies," he said.

The NC leader had on Wednesday said that Kashmir is a political issue which needs to be addressed politically.

"The first step is to admit and recognise the anger and then take steps to address it," Omar said.

Lashing out at the former chief minister, the BJP leader asked, "who was behind motivating the 10-12 year old children to throw stones at the security forces."

"Did the Prime-Minister not make efforts to have negotiations with Pakistan to resolve the bilateral issues between the two countries? Did Modi not make attempts to address the various issues confronting the people of Jammu and Kashmir? Did he not make many visits to the state particularly the Valley?" Gupta questioned.

He also refused the demand to initiate an inquiry into the allegations of excessive force by security forces while dealing with protestors.

The former chief minister said all the opposition parties were worried about youths getting killed and injured in security forces' firing, while the state and the central governments "mishandled" the situation.

The BJP spokesman questioned how many enquiries were conducted during the outbreak of violence after 1990, 2008 and 2010 when National Conference and Congress were in power.

He also said that any political solution for Jammu and Kashmir can only be worked out by taking people of all the three regions into confidence.

Updated Date: Aug 18, 2016 16:05 PM

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