Omar Abdullah urges minorities not to allow repeat of early 90’s

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Omar Abdullah with Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR — Former chief minister and National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah on Friday said that agenda behind the civilian killings has always been to disrupt the communal harmony in the Valley and urged the minority community not to allow a repeat of the early 1990s.

Talking to reporters in Srinagar, Omar said that particular teachers were targeted and the agenda was to hamper age-old communal harmony, culture and brotherhood of the Valley. “It is our prime responsibility, especially of the majority community of the valley, to safeguard the lives of minorities,” he said.

Omar asserted that just as “we expect the safety of Muslims in other states and countries, so we as a majority community should also ensure the safety of the minorities.”

Replying to a question, Omar Abdullah said that it is easy in his position to pass any judgement but it would be extremely unfair as he can well imagine the sense of fear the minorities are living under these circumstances.

“I make an earnest appeal to all the minorities that the aim of these attacks is to drive a wedge between communities and also to drive the minorities out of Kashmir. We cannot let these attacks succeed. I make an appeal to the minorities to not consider leaving from here,” he said.

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He also said that he will always try to talk to the administration to safeguard the lives of minorities and the administration should also refrain from the ‘pick and choose’ approach. “If a Pandit or a Sikh was killed in the recent attacks, then why only leaves of Pandit employees have been extended for 10 days,” Omar asked, adding that the administration should treat each community equally.

“I again urge all the minorities to not allow a repeat of early ’90s and not let an exodus of the people outside the valley,” he said.

Humanity has vanished from Valley: Mehbooba Mufti

The Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that humanity has been wiped out from the Valley while responding to recent civilian killings.

Talking to reporters here, Mehbooba said that the killing of a lady teacher who has no link with politics is extremely tragic and barbaric.

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Mehbooba said that the claims of the BJP, that they have brought peace in the valley, have proved to be a hoax. “Is this what you call peace? They have completely failed as a government.”

Mufti also said that despite stringent measures, the BJP government has failed to ensure the safety of innocent people of the valley. “Yesterday, a young man was killed by the CRPF in the name of attacking them. The killing of innocent people won’t bring peace in the valley,” she added.

She said that the BJP government has been responsible for this situation in the valley. “From the past two years due to the strict policies adopted by the BJP government, the situation in the valley has worsened.”

Mehbooba further said that the killing of a Sikh lady is extremely unfortunate. “Sikh community has always supported the people of the valley since early ’90s and this is what they got. They are being targeted mercilessly.”

She said that no words can be enough to condemn such distressing incidents.

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