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Outsiders can't be allowed to disrupt situation in Valley: Omar

india Updated: Jun 13, 2011 21:46 IST
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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday defended his government's decision to bar New Delhi-based writer and rights activist Gautam Navlakha from entering the state, saying outsiders cannot be allowed to disrupt the situation in the Valley.

"I have a much wider responsibility towards the people of the state. I can't allow people to come here and disrupt the situation," Abdullah said.

He said the decision was taken by police in consultation with minister of state for home after getting certain inputs "which is fine by me".

The chief minister said he was not answerable to either human rights activists or the principle opposition party (Peoples Democratic Party) for maintaining peace and calm in the state.

New Delhi-based Navlakha, known for his pro-separatist views, was not allowed by police to enter the Kashmir Valley last month. He was detained at the Srinagar airport and ordered to return to the national capital.

Abdullah expressed happiness that peace is prevailing in the Valley this summer, helping businesses, tourism educational and industrial activities thrive.

He said his government would do every thing possible to ensure peaceful summer this season. "We will do whatever is needed to be done to ensure peaceful summer ... nobody will be allowed to vitiate the atmosphere," he asserted.

He said things are calm in Kashmir despite attempts from time to time by separatists to vitiate the atmosphere by giving strike calls.

"The people, fortunately, paid no heed to these calls showing their desire to continue with normal life," the chief minister said.