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JammuOmar prefers Politicking over Development in Kashmir ?

Omar prefers Politicking over Development in Kashmir ?


SRINAGAR:   Declining any further initiative of development in , the Opposition Conference leader Omar Abdullah today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to understand that the current turmoil in the Valley was not due to lack of development but unwillingness of the centre to address the Kashmir issue.

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech, Omar Abdullah, who is working President of the opposition party, tweeted “Herein lies the crux of the problem – the unwillingness to accept that development doesn't solve all problems.”

He was reacting to the Prime Minister's speech at Bhabhra in Madhya Pradesh where he said, “Be it the and Kashmir government under Mehbooba Mufti or the central government, we are finding solution to all problems through development.”

Immediately after the Prime Minister delivered his speech, Mr Abdullah had merely tweeted “finally” but, in a subsequent tweet, voiced his disagreement with PM Modi's view that development was the panacea for all problems, including the vexed Kashmir issue.

The National Conference has been insisting that the Kashmir problem was a political and not merely a law and order issue which required a dialogue with all stakeholders. Mr Abdullah, through his tweet, sought to find fault with the centre's perception that development could resolve the Kashmir problem. However, the PDP heading the coalition government has on earlier occasions accused indirectly the Omar's Party to fanning the current turmoil in the Kashmir valley.

Earlier, a National Conference spokesman reacted cautiously to the Prime Minister's apparent willingness to hold dialogue to end the over a month long strife in the Valley, saying it would wait for “action” and mere words were not enough.


The spokesman said, Kashmiris have been “fed with words for long” and “we only hope that the words now get translated into action” and the unrest is brought to an end through a process of dialogue.

“While we welcome the statement of the Prime Minister on Kashmir today, it should have come much earlier,” the spokesman said.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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