Omar slams Centre for halting talks with Pakistan

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday attacked the Narendra Modi-led government for suspending talks with Pakistan over a “cup of tea” with separatist Hurriyat Conference and said India has set up a difficult benchmark for resumption of talks.

Speaking on various issues, including a resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council seeking resumption of dialogue with Pakistan, Omar said cancellation of talks with Pakistan was “demoralising” people of the state.

The chief minister also debunked BJP’s “Mission-44” for the forthcoming Assembly elections, saying it was one of those nice Bollywood glitz slogans like “love jehad”.
“What BJP is trying to do is to cosy up to separatists so that they can take advantage of boycott call in some seats and basically wrest those seats away into their kitty but the 44 number is a pipe dream, that’s not happening,” he said.

On the cancellation of talks, Omar said: “It basically just demoralises the people because at the end of the day, we see a solution emerging only out of dialogue. We had 25 years of violence, we had wars, we had skirmishes but we haven’t seen a solution.

The closest we came to a solution is through dialogue, first with former prime minister (A B) Vajpayee and (former Pakistan president Gen Pervez) Musharraf and then with Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif. We were hoping that process will actually carry on,” Omar told Karan Thapar on a TV show.

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