Sat. Aug 17th, 2019

‘There are no Answers, no Clarity Says Omar Abdullah after Meeting J&K Governor

Wahid Bhat | Srinagar

A delegation led by National Conference leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah met Governor Satya Pal Malik.

Abdullah said that the government and administration were clueless about the prevailing situation in the Valley.

He said that despite the rumours and speculations doing rounds in the Valley, that has stoked panic among the locals, there is no one to answer the questions people have.

“Nobody has any answers about what is going on in Kashmir. Anyone we ask about what is going to happen or what is happening, there are no answers,” Abdullah said.

“We met the Governor and asked him about the current situation. He reiterated his earlier statement that everything was normal and people should not pay heed to rumours. On the speculations and rumours about the abrogation of Article 35-A, de-limitation or trifurcation of the state, Governor assured that the central government is not considering any of such steps,” he added.

“When we ask officials, they say something is happening, but nobody knows what is actually happening. The Governor assuaged our concerns that arragements are being made in the state for an announcement on Article 35A and Article 370. The Governor assured no such announcement is expected,” Abdullah said.

Omar Abdullah said, “After yesterday’s order, the situation in valley is tense and people are hoarding outside petrol pumps and grocery stores. And in addition to that government’s order to ask tourists and Yatris to leave which has never happened before nor has any tourists been attacked.”

He also said, “We asked Governor if it’s about Article 35A, Trifucation or 370, but he said that there is nothing like that. We want Centre to issue a statement on Monday during Parliament. We want to hear from Parliament so that people here get clarification.”

Omar Abdullah said, “After yesterday’s order, the situation in valley is tense and people are hoarding outside petrol pumps and grocery stores. And in addition to that government’s order to ask tourists and Yatris to leave which has never happened before nor has any tourists been attacked.”

Referring to his meeting with PM Modi a day before the Amarnath travel advisory was issued, the former J&K chief minister said there was no indication of any impending order regarding Amarnath Yatra in the meeting. He added the PM spoke about his willingness to conduct polls in the state which has been under President’s rule since June 20, 2018.

“Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats with specific targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible,” an order from Kabra read.

Local political parties such as NC and PDP urged the government to clarify its stand on the order as the alleged it has led to panic in the state. The government advisory to Amarnath yatris to curtail their travels coupled with a recent troop build-up in the state has led to state of panic, alleged BJP former ally PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.

On Friday, the Army said it had foiled a plot to attack the Amarnath Yatra and alerted, Pakistan-based militants were planning to target the annual pilgrimage. Soon after, the state administration issued an advisory, asking tourists to curtail their stay in the Valley and return immediately.

These developments have taken place amid rumours in the Valley that the Union government may be planning to abrogate Article 35A that grants special rights to permanent residents of Kashmir. The state has been in under President’s rule since last year after BJP withdrew support to coalition government in the state with PDP.

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