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Omar govt demonised its own force

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday defended her decision to boycott the all-party meeting called by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to discuss the current crisis in the state. Speaking to Hindustan Times’s Toufiq Rashid, she said there was no point holding discussions with the Abdullah government as it has lost credibility. Excerpts from the interview:

india Updated: Jul 13, 2010 00:50 IST

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday defended her decision to boycott the all-party meeting called by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to discuss the current crisis in the state. Speaking to Hindustan Times’s Toufiq Rashid, she said there was no point holding discussions with the Abdullah government as it has lost credibility. Excerpts from the interview:

Why didn't you participate in the all-party meeting?

I think it's an exercise in futility. All the decisions have been taken. The state government has lost any credibility it had by calling in the army. This government is a total failure. What can they do now? What is the purpose of holding the meeting now? He (Omar) has exhausted all the weapons in his artillery. What is left? First, innocents were killed. Then, they called in the army, saying it's a deterrent. In this way you (Omar government) lost the confidence of the people and also demonised your own force

Are you not playing into the hands of those who don't want normalcy to return?

We want to be seen on the side of the people of Kashmir. We are trying to represent the sentiments of the Kashmiri people. We don't want to be seen as being part of the government, which has brought miseries for the people. I wrote to Omar Abdullah after the fake encounters in Machail to call for a special session of the assembly but he did not want to listen to anybody. Our inputs could have been valuable then, not now.

What do you think is the solution to the current crisis?

It has to be intervention from the highest level. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has to intervene to reach out to the people. He has more credibility than any one of us at this point.

The state government has been elected democratically. Why should the Centre intervene?

Anything that Omar Abdullah's government says at this point does not go well with the people of Kashmir. They think it's a farce and we don't want to be part of that farce.

If you were in Omar Abdullah's place what would you have done?

That's a hypothetical question I don't want to answer. But it's for everybody to see what we had done when we came to power. There were no shutdowns, no curfews. If people vote you to power with high expectations, you have to consolidate that.