Omar to India, Pak: Observe ceasefire

Omar to India, Pak: Observe ceasefire
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‘CM stands relegated, 2014 mandate bartered’

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday called upon India and Pakistan to uphold the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC), saying innocent lives were being lost to border skirmishes.
“Ceasefire was the best gift India and Pakistan gave to the areas near the border and the LoC, but since the last few years, we are continuously seeing that it has remained confined to paper only. It is not being implemented. I request both New Delhi as well as Islamabad to please follow the ceasefire as part of the CBMs (confidence building measures),” Abdullah said.
Innocent lives are being lost,” he said and referred to the killing of five members of a family in Pakistani shelling on Sunday. The former J&K chief minister added that two girls were in hospital.
“This is too much. We want there should be peace on the border and the LoC, Abdullah said.
The National Conference (NC) working president was speaking to reporters after a party convention at Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on the occasion of the 23rd death anniversary of NC leader and former speaker Wali Muhammad Itoo.
Taking a dig at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Abdullah asked what happened to her announcement of an inquiry into the allegations of nepotism in the recruitment in Khadi Village and Industrial Board (KVIB).
“The chief minister, three weeks before, had assured the youth of the state that an inquiry will be conducted into back-door appointments in KVIB. But, even as three weeks have passed, we have not got a copy of the order from the secretariat. Are her directions not be implemented or has she befooled the youth?” he said attacking the ruling party.
Omar said the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti stood relegated by her allies as erstwhile exclusive jurisdictions of the CM and the state government had been effectively shifted to the central government and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“PDP’s Faustian bargain with the BJP was not an electoral compulsion as Mehbooba Ji would like us to believe today. It was a pre-determined, pre-planned tactical and strategic coming together of the PDP and the BJP to reap dividends of a simultaneously divisive, insular and deceitful politics in both regions of the State,” Omar said.
He said NC after the election results of 2014, offered unconditional support to PDP to form the government with an intention to keep BJP at bay as their “divisive campaign rhetoric and inherent politics of polarisation” didn’t auger well for the state’s stability and welfare. “Today, J&K has been pushed into the throes of renewed militancy, turmoil and division. While the situation in Kashmir is volatile and unstable, Jammu is on the brink due to BJP’s politics of polarization,” the NC working president said while speaking at Kulgam.
He said the situation was especially volatile in south Kashmir where the youth stand alienated and disenchanted because of PDP’s “complete U-turn” after 2014.
“Parents in south Kashmir are weary about the future of their young children as the law and order situation deteriorates further in the complete absence of constructive, reconciliatory and sincere politics,” he said.
Omar Abdullah also expressed serious concern over the growing unemployment in the state and said the PDP-BJP government’s open patronage to nepotism, corruption and illegitimate recruitment practices had created a deep sense of despondency among the youth.
“The sense of chaos and confusion in our recruitment boards and commissions is unprecedented as the courts had to step in to quash the KAS mains examination. The youth have lost hope in the system and are being robbed of their fundamental right to dignified, gainful employment,” Omar Abdullah said.