Pakistan can’t be blamed for unrest in Kashmir: Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that the ongoing uprising in Kashmir cannot be blamed on Pakistan, but was a result of "mistakes" made by the Indian government of not engaging with the people of the state.

Pakistan can’t be blamed for unrest in Kashmir: Omar Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) working president  Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that the ongoing uprising in Kashmir cannot be blamed on Pakistan, but was a result of "mistakes" made by the Indian government of not engaging with the people of the state.

“Do not be under this false impression that the fire you see in Kashmir has been ignited by Pakistan. It is a result of our mistakes," Abdullah said, addressing a function of his National Conference in Baramulla.



He said that Pakistan has no role in triggering the present uprising in the valley. “Yes, they might have taken advantage of the situation or added petrol (fuel) to it. But Pakistan is not responsible for the present unrest. What I am saying is nothing new,” Omar added.

He said that to blame Pakistan alone for the political situation or the current unrest in the Valley is a distortion of the truth. Abdullah asserted that the people of J&K have espoused a political sentiment, even when there was no external interference and this political sentiment forms the basis of the state's special status that has since been eroded by extra-constitutional machinations.


These sentiments, he stated, were a result of the ‘historic blunders and broken promises by successive dispensations’ in New Delhi.


“This political sentiment forms the basis of the state’s special status that has since been eroded by extra-constitutional machinations,” Omar said.

The former chief minister stressed that the current situation was because of the incumbent Indian government’s refusal to even acknowledge that a problem existed in Kashmir.

The statement comes at a time when Pakistan’s Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is in Amritsar for the Heart of Asia Conference.