Senior National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said New Delhi has to accept Kashmiris and not only Kashmir.
“We welcomed when Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke against attacks on Kashmiris yet it continuous unabated. He has failed to execute his words or nobody listens to him. It seems his words are just assurances as a Jumla,” Omar, the former chief minister said in his address at party’s headquarters here, where former PDP leader Dr Mohammad Shafi Wani joined the National Conference.“It seems a conspiracy is being hatched to weaken the relationship between Kashmir and New Delhi rather than strengthening,” he said.
“When Indians don’t accept Kashmiris then how can they expect that Kashmiris will say they are an integral part of India? You want land of Kashmir but not its people,” he said.
Omar was referring to thrashing of two Kashmiri vendors in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.
Modi on last month condemned the attacks on Kashmiri students. Even Supreme Court also directed states to ensure safety of Kashmiris.“Yesterday two Kashmiri dry fruit vendors were thrashed. They had posted nothing provocative. We won’t tolerate that innocent people are harassed or beaten up. These BJD, VHP groups want to send a message that Kashmir is part of India not Kashmiris,” he said.
Omar said at the instrument of accession, his grandfather Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, had predicted that there would be political party in every street to divide Kashmiris. “Why third front is being formed only in Kashmir not in Ladakh and Jammu. Even young people float own political parties. It seems it is being done deliberately,” Omar said, apparently referring to young bureaucrat turned political Shah Faesal, who has announced of floating own party.
“We have to be united and speak in one voice. People have to strengthen the National Conference. We have to defeat those elements who want to weaken our voices under a conspiracy.”
The National Conference leader said that although the threat of war between India and Pakistan is evading but people in Kashmir are worried about the future.
Omar claimed that ban on Jamiet-e-Islami would further deteriorate the situation in the state. “Arrests are being made under a conspiracy. It won’t help Kashmir. There was ban on JeI in 1990 but that did not help in improving the situation, which later was revoked by Farooq Abdullah in 1996. We might have differences with JeI but ban won’t benefit the state,” he said.
He claimed that a bureaucrat does not want to hold assembly elections in the state so that there is no monitoring by the elected government.