In occupied Kashmir, former puppet Chief Minister and National Conference President Omar Abdullah has said that Pakistan is not the creator of uprisings in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, speaking at a Kashmir conclave in Srinagar, Omar Abdullah said he was aware that it was popular to blame Pakistan for everything that is happening in the troubled territory. “We know that Pakistan fishes in troubled waters, but we also know that they are not the creators of the sort of agitation that we have seen in 2008, 2010 and 2016,” Abdullah said. Omar Abdullah was referring to the three deadliest street protests Kashmir has witnessed in the nearly three-decades of freedom struggle. The National Conference leader while admitting growing alienation of pro-India parties in Kashmir said the blame for shrinking space for these parties needed to be shared by all, including the Indian government. He said ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) inability to deliver on promises like making peace between India and Pakistan and initiating talks between the Indian government and Hurriyat leadership has cost the pro-India politicians their credibility in the territory. Abdullah said the case in point was the agenda of alliance between the PDP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I think what is important is that we as regional political players understand our limitations. The problem arises when in our desire to attract votes in elections; we sell promises far beyond our ability to deliver.”