Omar terms his ‘heckling’ at US university ‘tamasha’

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Friday termed his "heckling" by some Kashmiri-Americans at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) as a tamasha. PTI file photo

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Friday termed his "heckling" by some Kashmiri-Americans at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) as a "tamasha".

Soon after a video, in which he was called a "criminal" and an "Indian agent" following his speech at UC Berkeley, went viral, Omar tweeted, "I had a great session at @UCBerkeley & don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. FOUR hecklers (in an audience of 150+) who waited till the event concluded to make YouTube videos of themselves can't take away from an excellent Q&A session there (sic)."

In the video, a few Kashmiri-Americans are seen confronting Abdullah as he was leaving after the speech.

The protesters threatened to take him to the International Criminal Court and accused him of playing "dirty politics".

In his next tweet, Abdullah said that he was looking forward to the organisers of the event uploading the video of the entire session so that people would know the "substantial stuff" before the "short tamasha".

"And lastly I’ve never claimed to be universally loved or even liked so if 4 people in such a large audience make their dislike known it’s really not such a big deal at all. At least no one threw eggs or a shaving foam pie at me," he added.

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