Sheikh Imran Bashir
Srinagar: Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah has spoken for the first time after violence erupted in the Kashmir Valley. He said that anti-national forces and vested interests are together creating trouble.
He said that emotional and vulnerable youth are being exploited by the vested interests.
Terming the deaths of civilians as extremely unfortunate, he said that the current situation is not a simple law and order matter.
“Kashmir crisis not because of bad governance,” said Omar.
Omar appeals to people of valley by not violate the curfew.
While in news conference at his Srinagar residence he ensures normalcy will be soon in valley, if people will obey the curfew and maintain law and order.
“As being a father, I can feel the pain of those parents who have lost their child, I appeal all of the parents to counsel their children to don’t go outside their homes during the violence or in curfew and don’t indulge themselves in anti-national activities” said Omar.
He also appealed the senior citizens and religious preachers to spread the message of peace and help to bring normalcy in the affected areas particularly north and south regions of Kashmir.
Omar said, our government will do everything needed to maintain peace and calm.
He cleared that government has directed security forces to use minimum forces to impose curfew and to control the situation without harming local people.
He said we will take all necessary majors to restrain the disturbance to those areas which are in tensions.
While defending his government Omar said that it takes two hands to applause.
We have seen locals beating mercilessly the uniformed personnel so in retaliation these things could happen, he added.
According to Agence India Press correspondent Chief Minister used an appeal for peace to defend his government, saying the violence was not a result of bad governance but that of anti-national forces and vested interests coming together.
The last few days have seen the death of several young people, including a nine-year-old boy on Monday, as protesters have clashed with security forces, compelling them to use force.
The state government has been critical of security forces using force against protesters in the Valley, but Omar sought to strike a balance as he impressed upon the people that they should not allow the “anger of the youth to be exploited.”
Please help the government to restore order. Curfew must be respected. Security forces have been asked to use all restraint possible but they have to maintain curfew,” the he said.
Meanwhile PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti earlier reacted on Kashmir remaining tense and the taking the help of Army in bringing the situation in Sopore and Baramulla under control. Mufti has slammed the Omar Abdullah government calling the situation in Kashmir a political and administrative failure. Mehbooba Mufti also said that bringing in the Army is not the solution to the problem.
She said, “It is a political and administrative failure of the government. Bringing in the Army is not the solution of every problem. From the last 16-18 months, since the NC government has come into power, situation has gone from bad to worse. This is not a 1990-like situation when the Army was brought in to combat gun and grenade holding people. These are unarmed civilians who are angry today.”