Srinagar: Couple of days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Balochistan (one of the four provinces of Pakistan) pitch in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort in New Delhi, Former Jammu and Kashmir chief Minister and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah on Wednesday called an all-party meet which excluded the present coalition parties Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
In a press conference held by the former chief minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah targeted the Prime Minister over his Baloch outreach. He also criticised Mehbooba Mufti for playing the worst kind of politics in the state and spoke about the present unrest in Kashmir.
Here are the highlights of Omar Abdullah’s press conference:  
  • If PM wishes to talk about Balochistan he can, but he should also discuss about part of J&K which is burning.
  • Jab apne ghar mein aag lagi ho,to bajay apne ghar mein aag bujhane ke hum dusre ke ghar mein aag lagaane ka kaam kar rhe hain.
    • We are supporters of a dialogue process between India and Pak; we believe that a dialogue is the only way
    • It is the responsibility of both PM Modi and PM Nawaz Sharif to create atmospherics for dialogue.
    • I hope India and Pak take requisite steps to improve the environment so that dialogue is possible.
    • In the last 40 days we have played a positive role as an opposition party responsibly.
    • For Mehbooba Mufti, everyone is responsible for what’s happening in the state except herself.
    • Mehbooba Mufti has played the worst form of politics; she has held everybody responsible from Nehru to Modi
    • Unlike PDP which actively lobbied for dismissal of my government, I neither sought dismissal of Mehbooba ji’s Govt nor her resignation.
    • This is not a battle for chairs. This is about safeguarding a future generation of J&K.
    • When you say Kashmir is an integral part of India, you are talking of land not people. Make people yours too.
    • A small problem with Gujarat—PM spoke to the people in Gujarati; why is our problem not important enough?
    • We want Centre to take emergent steps to check excessive use of force in Kashmir. There’s a need for a judicial inquiry to probe into this.

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