Centre wary of Omar's credibility

Intelligence agencies have reportedly advised the Centre from trusting the Omar Abdullah-led state government with the delivery of “concessions” such as the dilution of the AFSPA for parts of the Valley, reeling under violent protests over civilian deaths allegedly by security forces since June.

Lack of trust in the chief minister was also probably the reason the “Kashmir Package” was taking long to be unveiled despite it being discussed by political and security heads weeks ago, sources said. Omar’s “ineffective measures” in containing the violence in Kashmir had dented his “credibility” among the masses, who now “may not be ready to accept anything from him”. The Centre thus was unsure if he would use the package well to diffuse the tension in the Valley.

“It is felt that major relief could be made as and when a more representative delegation including separatist Hurriyat comes to table with the Centre,” sources said. The Centre has also taken note of the advise of the intelligence agencies to wait till the situation in the Valley stabilised before delivering the package.
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