Monday, February 21, 2011

Attempts being made to do a Cairo in Kashmir: Omar



Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said an attempt was being made to instigate people replicate Cairo in Kashmir.

“Obviously an attempt is being made to instigate (unrest in Kashmir),” Omar told media persons in reply to the possibility of triggering an Egypt-type unrest in the Kashmir valley for change of government.

The Chief Minister said he had never said a word against stone-pelting agitation which the state witnessed last year. “These are the same forces who had glorified the battle against my person rather than the larger cause for which it was being done,” he said, adding that organisations with political mindset different from his, including Jamat-e-Islami, have made it clear that what happened in Egypt and what the main opposition parties are talking about in Kashmir are two completely different things.

To another question, Omar said, “Now will an attempt be made to replicate such a situation (Egypt-style agitation) here? Who knows? I would be surprised if there are not people thinking in that direction”.

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir are for more sensible and for more intelligent than these leaders give them credit for. They would prefer peaceful means of changing a government,” he said.



Pointing out that the power to do so is enshrined in the Constitution and the state had three chief ministers in the past six years, he said power to change Chief Minister is totally with the people and they would exercise that power as they deemed fit.

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