Omar slams govt for making ‘big deal’ of Pak-pro-freedom leadership chat

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today criticised the Centre for blowing out of proportion the matter of the Pakistan NSA’s proposed meeting with Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders’ when he visits Delhi for talks with his Indian counterpart.

“Whose idea was it to make such a big deal of the Hurriyat -Pak chat? Omar said on micro-blogging website,

“These were such non-events before this Govt blew them out of proportion!” added the NC leader.

The NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan appeared to be on the verge of being aborted after India made it clear that a meeting between resistance leaders and Pakistan’s NSA Sartaj Aziz, who is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday for talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, was unacceptable.

Omar had also questioned Pakistan’s insistence on having a meeting with the pro-freedom leaders following what he charged was the leaving out of the Kashmir issue from the joint statement by the two countries at Ufa in Russia after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

“But isn’t this the same Pakistan that forgot how to spell Kashmir in #Ufa?” he had tweeted yesterday. (PTI)