Omar questions silence of PM Modi over attacks on Kashmiris

Addressing the media, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said it appears that that those attacking Kashmiris in various parts of India were enjoying support of the ruling party.

GK Web Desk
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 21 2019 5:58PM | Updated Date: Feb 21 2019 5:58PM
Omar questions silence of PM Modi over attacks on KashmirisPhoto: Habib Naqash/GK

National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Thursday asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was silent on Kashmiri students being targeted in various parts of the country.

Addressing the media, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said it appears that that those attacking Kashmiris in various parts of India were enjoying support of the ruling party.

“Initially we had thought that these (attackers) were some unruly elements who were just trying to benefit from the situation. But from past couple of days it appears that the ruling party was not just allowing but also supporting these elements,” he said.

Omar said they had expected condemnations from the highest level to the remarks of Meghalaya governor who had called for boycott of Kashmiris.

“We had expected the PM who had talked about hugging Kashmiris from the ramparts of Red Fort would speak a word or two to condemn the governor’s statement. At least Home Minister would have promised of action against such people but there was only silence,” rued Omar.

He said that the country needed a statesman and not a politician in the current situation. “But I see politicians everywhere but not a statesman,” he said, while condemning those who issued threats against Kashmiris.

“I would also like to praise those people who remained on our side including Punjab and West Bengal chief ministers. Sikh community opened their homes and gurdwaras for us, some Hindus also supported us. But the political intelligentsia of the country failed us and it is very regrettable,” said Omar.

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