Srinagar, Mar 26 (): Slamming the centre for playing double game with Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday clashed with the central government face to face on the issues like Afzal Guru’s execution, revocation of AFSPA including the recent arrest of a former militant Syed Liyaqat Shah.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah while replying in the assembly to the discussion on the motion on grants for the departments under his control reminded the leaders in Delhi to remember that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Claiming that there are only three subjects that involved agreement of the state with India- such as communication and currency, defence and foreign affairs, Omar said that it is also now slowly shrinking.
Just by repeating frequently the word ‘atoot ang’( integral part) the condition of the political issue of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be changed, said Abdullah. “These people who repeatedly talk about Kashmir being integral part of India are responding to whom? Did any member of the house ever question it?, asked Omar Abdullah.
Stating that no one has ever challenged the accession, Omar said that to change the state of affairs, one has to first win the hearts of the people. Adding that Kashmir can be true part of India only by winning the hearts of the people and by caring for their hopes and ambitions, Omar recalled saying “Every Kashmiri is not Pakistani”.
Omar also questioned the hanging of Afzal Guru and criticized the Congress government at the centre for being partial by differentiating people. He also said that if anyone thinks that Kashmiri people had no concern of Afzal’s hanging, then they are wrong.
Claiming that people of Kashmir are quite matured and they seek a reply on why Veerappan gang members, killers of Punjab chief minister Beant Singh and the killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi have not yet faced the same fate as Afzal Guru, Omar Abdullah said that the country is bound to reply to the people of Kashmir.
He made a point that the Centre had been selective in executing Afzal Guru, while the killers of Rajiv Gandhi and Beant Singh were allowed to use every legal option in their defence.