India, Pak competing to call off talks: Omar after Hurriyat arrests

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  • Updated: Aug 20, 2015 13:29 IST

The house arrest of Hurriyat leaders in Srinagar on Thursday morning got former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah take on his successor Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and the Centre with a vengeance on Twitter, even accusing the governments of India and Pakistan of trying to sabotage the national security advisers' dialogue on August 23-24.

In a series of tweets that continued till the release of the separatist leaders, Omar said, “I’ve never seen an Indo-Pak dialogue where both sides are so keen to sabotage it. India & Pak competing to give reasons to call off talks. Shelling, infiltration, terror attacks & now Hurriyat arrests, clearly no side wants to talk & yet neither side has the guts to call it off.”

“It’s so obvious that Ufa & now these planned NSA talks are under international pressure with both Ind & Pak hoping the other will pull out. The only word that describes all this - bizarre!!!!!!”

In his first tweet at 10.55am soon after the arrest of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Moulvi Abbas Ansari and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik, Omar said, “Shame on Mufti Syed for arresting on demand. He had no business following his masters orders & detaining the Hurriyat leaders like this.”

Two minutes later, he tweeted, “J&K state governments in the past have NEVER detained the APHC (All Party Hurriyat Committee) leaders so as to prevent them from visiting the Pak High Commission.”

Next, the National Conference leader gunned for the Narendra Modi government saying: “If the centre was so keen to prevent the Hurriyat leaders from meeting Sartaj Aziz they should’ve been told to detain them themselves.”

Expressing his anguish, he tweeted: “Playing out in Kashmir - confusion, pure & simple unadulterated confusion.”

When TV channels broke the news of the release of the Hurriyat leaders, Omar again gunned for People’s Democratic Party leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed: “Why? No absence of coordination - centre say arrest so arrested, centre says release so released. Perfect coordination.”

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