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Kashmir’s azadi not viable, says Omar

National Conference president Omar Abdullah rules out Pakistan or ISI’s hand in the street protests in Kashmir and described them as “spontaneous”, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Sep 07, 2008 23:34 IST
Arun Joshi

National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah has ruled out Pakistan or ISI’s hand in the street protests in Kashmir and described them as “spontaneous”.

Omar Abdullah, however, reiterated his stand that an independent Kashmir was not viable. He said he was willing to stick his neck out to tell the people so. “I believe that you can give Kashmir independence but you cannot give Kashmir freedom under the circumstances that prevail within the subcontinent - India, Pakistan and China. Even if India and Pakistan were somehow to decide to give the state independence, it will never be really free.”

In an interview to a television channel, Omar hailed the August 31 agreement between the government and Sangarash Samiti to set aside the land exclusively for the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. “Absolutely… the bottom line for me is that if you don't agree with this agreement you might also turn around and say that you are against the yatra because there is nothing in this that should give anybody a cause for concern,” said the NC president.

In response to National Security Advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan remark that the situation is not “that bad”, Omar said: “But I think he (the NSA) is being a little more careful in assessing the actual mood of the people.

“What more do you want to see when children in the 10th class, 11th class, 12th class from good English missionary schools are out on top of the buses screaming Hum kya chahte hain, azadi. Kashmir banega Pakistan? That I think is an indication of the alienation.”