Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said separatists as well as mainstream politicians had exploited the youth of the state for petty benefits.
“From time to time, their emotions have been played with. And for that we all politicians are responsible, whether those fighting for elections or those speaking against elections,” he said at the inauguration of the two-day Kashmir Youth Festival here.
“At some point of time or the other, we all have exploited their emotions, hopes and anger. Sometimes we brought them out with the promise of government jobs and sometimes with other promises knowing well that we won’t be able to fulfil them,” he added.
“For the past 22 years, the youth of Jammu and Kashmir have seen nothing but darkness,” Abdullah told the audience at the Sheri Kashmir Convocation Complex on the banks of Dal Lake.
Around 600 youngsters from across the country are participating in the festival organised by the union ministry of youth affairs and sports in collaboration with the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and the National Service Scheme.
Abdullah said there were misconceptions among the youth of the state about youngsters in the rest of the country and vice versa.
“There is a tag outside that every Kashmiri Muslim is a terrorist,” he said.