ANANTNAG: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Thursday that the army’s punitive measures against the soldiers responsible for killing of civilians in Machil and Chattergam was the result of his efforts for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
“My opponents accuse me of beating the drum of AFSPA during my tenure as CM but I want to convey to them that it is the result of my efforts for revocation of this law that justice was delivered in Machil and Chattergam killings,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a poll rally at DH Pora, Kulgam.
He said that it was his party that made the revocation of AFSPA, which grants sweeping powers to armed forces in areas where people have rebelled against India, debatable “not only in the state but throughout the country”.
“During Mufti’s regime show me a single case where justice was delivered to the victims,” Omar said.
He said that he will continue to raise his voice till the law is revoked from the state completely.
Asked whether he was open to forming a coalition government with the BJP, Omar said National Conference cannot join hands with the saffron party unless it accepts the Article 370, separate constitution and flag of Jammu and Kashmir and solves the issue of Babri Masjid “as per our satisfaction”.
Asked to comment on BJP’s vision document, Omar said, “I fail to understand what is the difference between a manifesto and vision document. The biggest cause of worry for BJP is that they speak different languages in three different regions of the state.”
“In Jammu and Ladakh they talk of abrogation of Article 370 while in Kashmir they speak a
different language. Just see what the intentions of the party are.”
Earlier, addressing the people Omar said that NC had opposed the holding of polls in the interest of the flood-hit people but PDP and other parties thrust the elections on them.
“The rehabilitation process that we had started got affected due to elections,” Omar told people.