Accept responsibility for civilian killings: Omar tells Mehbooba

Jammu: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to accept responsibility for the civilian killings during the six-month uprising in the valley.
The National Conference leader said there had also been unrest in the valley in 2008 and 2010 but “we did not blame the opposition” for that.
Omar was taking part in a discussion on 2016 uprising in the legislative assembly.
“The situation in 2010 cannot be compared with that of 2016,” he told the house.
“We did not blame Pakistan or the opposition for the situation. I did not blame my officials in 2010. In 2016, the media was attacked and newspaper offices were raided. We made mistakes and I accepted making mistakes while handling the situation,” Omar said.
Taking a dig at Mehbooba, Omar said, “You blamed Jawaharlal Nehru, my father, my grandfather and police for militancy in the state. Did you ever blame yourself for your failure to restore normalcy in Kashmir?”
Omar said the state government had completely failed in dealing with the situation after the killing of militant Burhan Wani on July 8 last year.
Instead of blaming the opposition, the Chief Minister should accept the responsibility for the failure of her administration and the killings of nearly 100 civilians during the unrest, he said. (Agencies)

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