Srinagar: Opposition National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words for Kashmir in his Independence Day speech have been received very well by the people in the valley, but they should be followed by action.
“PM Modi’s words for Kashmir have been very well received by the people here but everyone here is weary of yet more talk and (and) no concrete action,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The proof of the pudding is in the eating. We look forward to being embraced in the warm grip of understanding, acceptance and respect,” the former J-K chief minister said.
“That respect must include respect for the unique status J&K enjoys within the constitution of India that sets it apart from all other states,” he said, referring to the row over Article 35A, which provides special rights to the citizens of J-K, of the Constitution.
Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also joined the Kashmir-based parties in welcoming PM Modi’s statement, saying if humanity and justice replace bullets and abuses, resolution of Kashmir issue can become a reality.
“Welcome @narendramodi also believes Goli (bullets) and gaali (abuses) will not help resolve Kashmir if insaniyat (humanity) and (and) insaaf (justice) replace them Resolution can become a Reality,” he wrote on Twitter.
Abdullah also took a dig at news channels, asking that without the goli (bullets) and the gaali (abuses) what would happen to the TV news studios that specialise in deploying these weapons against all Kashmiris?