J-K chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday almost reiterated separatist line on Kashmir problem saying “K-issue is not the issue of money or gun but a political one and parliament, assembly or panchayats polls are not answer to the resolution of political issues of J-K”.
“Its (the Kashmir problem) genesis is linked with New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan…the resolution of political issues of J-K is a human duty to be rendered to seek permanent peace and prosperity in the sub-continent,” said Abdullah in his speech to a gathering at north Kashmir’s Sumbal area.
The words of the chief minister seemed cheery-picked from the statements made by hardline and moderate chairmen of Hurriyat conference chairmen Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in their speeches. Both factions refer Pakistan as party to the dispute and de-link polls for democratic institution from political resolution of Kashmir.
“We do not want to keep anyone in this misconception that by conducting elections we have solved the political issues of Jammu and Kashmir…The electricity in the wires, water in the taps, good roads, college complexes and modern health institutions are not answer to the political issues,” said Abdullah in a rare speech.
The chief minister was quick to add: “However, the issues of development cannot be made sub-servant to the final solution of political problems”.
“I cannot ask my boys and girls not to attend classes, not to play football, not to take part in socio-economic activities. I cannot tell the patients to wait for treatment in good hospitals, neither I can tell the general people to sit ideal on the process of development till the political issues are addressed,” said Abdullah.