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    Growing inclination among youth towards militancy worrying: Omar


    NL Correspondent
    Jammu, Jan 08

    Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Tuesday expressed concern over growing inclination among Jammu and youth towards militancy, saying shrinking of space has pushed them to the wall.
    “Compared to just a dozen or more youth drawn towards militancy in a span of years during my tenure as Chief Minister, far more than this number are taking to arms on monthly basis”, Omar Abdullah said while addressing a day-long convention of Youth National Conference, Jammu Region at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here.
    Omar described increase in terror related violence as alarming and disturbing, saying terrorism is raising head in the hitherto militancy free areas. “In my tenure, Chenab Valley had been declared as militancy free zone but now the acts of terror are reported from there”, he said and refereed to the killing of a BJP leader in Kishtwar along with his brother, terror attacks in Sunjwan and as latest as recently grenade throwing in busy B. C Road in Jammu. He said terror activities have unfortunately become routine in the Valley and due to lack of vision it is spreading its tentacles in other parts as well.
    The former Chief Minister blamed the BJP and PDP for shrinking the space for youth by throttling avenues of for them, resulting in alienation. He particularly referred to most provocative and proactive anti-youth mindset of the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and questioned her moral grandstanding in seeking support of youngsters by expressing so-called remorse over mayhem unleashed by her government against them to placate the BJP. “Ms Mufti must not mistake public memory too short, as not to remember her 2016 doctrine that the guns in the hands of the security forces were not just for showcasing but using”, he said and referred to killing and maiming of teenagers.

    Omar Abdullah sought an end to youth alienation by engaging them in positive pursuits and reiterated the commitment of National Conference to work for carving out vistas of opportunities for them. He lauded the spirit of public service among youth participating in the convention and described them as hope of the extended NC family.

    National Conference Vice President said youth were being ignored and just misled by false promises. In this context, he made a mention of BJP government's proposed bill on 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to economically weak segments in the general category across the country and questioned intentions of the Centre.

    “If BJP was really sincere towards youth, why such a bill has been slated for the last day of Parliament Session”, he asked and advised BJP not to test the sagacity of people who understand the motivation behind such move. He said the BJP has a definite game-plan to generate passions in case the bill faces rough in Parliament or does not stand to the scrutiny of courts. “The BJP design in such an eventuality is to tell to the people that they had brought the bill, which was not allowed to sail through”, he added.

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