Omar grilled for statement on Gool tragedy, secret talks

Srinagar, July 30 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Freedom leaders have lashed out at the puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah for his statement about Gool tragedy and secret talks with Indian agencies, saying that Kashmir is a political issue and agencies have no role in dialogue.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his statement said, “Instead of punishing accused BSF personnel, Omar Abdullah is making excuses on behalf of them to justify their unprovoked and indiscriminate firing on unarmed and peaceful protestors in Gool.”

About secret talks, he said that Hurriyet had an open policy and that was known to everyone. “Omar Abdullah should name the persons who are holding talks with the Indian agencies.”

He said that Hurriyet had submitted suggestions to Delhi but there was no response. “We conducted several rounds of talks with Delhi and Islamabad to solve the Kashmir issue in public glare. In connection with the confidence building measures, even Hurriyet put suggestions before India to demilitarize the region, revoke black laws, stop human rights violations and unconditionally release prisoners to create an atmosphere which would ultimately lead to solution of the Kashmir issue.” He said however India continued with the policy of obduracy and remained callous towards those proposals indicating its non-seriousness in solving the dispute.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik said that India had never been sincere in dialogue process. “It has always used the process to hoodwink the world opinion, to buy time, to release pressure on it and also to tease and harm the freedom leadership.

Same tactics were applied by India when it negotiated with Omar Abdullah’s grandfather Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who led resistance movement for a long time. Sheikh negotiated with India and at the end achieved nothing but a fractured power for himself and his family,” said Malik.

“It is our faith that all problems, issues and disputes are solved at the negotiating table but here in case of the Kashmir dispute, Indian State has mutilated this process so much that Kashmiri people have started losing faith in it. I want to ask Omar Abdullah that if India is so sincere in negotiation process, what did it gave to Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah when he negotiated with it.”

He castigated Omar for saying that local Imam provoked people to attack BSF camp in Gool. Malik said, “He has started showing his real face on this issue. We have always said that these pro-India leaders and rulers are there only to defend and safeguard the interests of killer forces.”

Senior APHC leader and Chairman OF Democratic Freedom Party Shabbir Ahmad Shah said, “Omar should come clean as who is meeting these agencies in five star hotels. Resolution of Kashmir issue is political and it can be solved by holding dialogue politically among politicians and not with agencies,” he added.

APHC leader Nayeen Ahmad Khan said, “It is a ridiculous statement. If his statement contains weight, let him name the persons. If anyone is really holding dialogue with agencies, he should be made to answer before the public. But we know Omar Abdullah is trying to defame the resistance leadership in which he won’t succeed.”

He said that there were hundreds of cases where men in uniform killed unarmed civilians and the authorities provided cover to murderers on one pretext or another.

Another APHC leader Zafar Akbar Butt said, Omar can go to any extent to remain in office. “Our struggle is political and we are fighting for freedom. Political activities are being carried in open. Dialogue is a political process and agencies have no role in it.” Hurriyet leader Shahid-ul-Islam accused Omar Abdullah of blackmailing both Pakistan and India to stay in power.

The chief of Mass Movement, Farida Behanji in her statement termed Omar Abdullah’s assertions as a ploy to appease New Delhi.

The forum led by veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani said that Omar Abdullah’s statement was an attempt on his part to appease his masters in Delhi. “Eyewitnesses are still there who corroborate the filthy act of BSF personnel how they desecrated the Holy Quran. It is ridiculous to say that religious cleric provoked the locals,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman asked, “How can we expect a fair verdict on Gool tragedy when Omar Abdullah has announced the decision in advance and acquitted all the accused.”

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