Omar's advice to Union govt draws flak

Omar's advice to Union govt draws flak

Oppn broaches Shopian case to rebuff CMs claim

Terming chief minister’s admission of ‘mistakes’ in handling 2010 disturbances in Kashmir as meaningless, the Opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party Sunday said Omar Abdullah seems to have learnt no lessons from the debacle that cost more than 120 innocent people their lives.

“Chief minister’s advice to the Central government on handling the current situation that has arisen in the wake of the unfortunate gang rape of a young woman amounts to rubbing salt into the wounds of his own people,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said.

She said the situation in 2010 was also triggered by a single unfortunate incident of police excess that resulted in the death of a young boy Tufail Matoo.

“What followed was an expression of outrage and anger as is witnessed currently throughout the country against atrocities committed on 23-year-old girl in New Delhi, but the responses to the two situations have been entirely different forcing the people to conclude that different yardsticks are applied to them which are neither judicious nor democratic,” Mehbooba added.  

While strongly condemning the gang rape of the para-medic woman in Delhi, Mehbooba recalled how a similar incident involving two women in Shopian had been conducted differently.

“Even before an inquiry was held the chief minister declared that they had drowned in a river that hardly had any water and then managed a cover up that has become too familiar for Jammu and Kashmir. Those unfortunate women were denied justice and such insensitive responses have resulted in continued alienation of people in Jammu and Kashmir,” she added.

Mebooba Mufti said now that the chief minister has accepted his ‘mistakes’, would he still not withdraw cases against thousands of young people who have been framed under serious charges.”

She said the chief minister had made announcements at least on three occasions, the last on February 25 this year that cases of stone pelting had been withdrawn ‘but it has turned out to be another hoax.’

“The lie about withdrawal of cases has finally been nailed with the arrest of Zahida of Anantnag, a girl who lost her leg as a result of police firing and arrested on charges of stone pelting,” she said and added that ironically it happened on the very day when the chief minister was sharing his wisdom with the central government on tackling the current agitation.