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Valley not out of the woods yet, says Omar Abdullah

india Updated: Jul 03, 2010 01:09 IST
Arun Joshi

In an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has said the situation in the Valley was difficult at the moment but he was "absolutely in command".

Speaking on the phone from Srinagar, the Chief Minister said "we are not out of the woods yet" as far as the resurgence of violence was concerned, but claimed his efforts to break the cycle of violence has succeeded.

"Fortunately, there has been no death in the last two days," he pointed out.

Abdullah also said the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister's job was rightly said to be the most difficult.

"This job… is the most analysed compared to that of any other state in the country," he said.

When asked if he was facing resistance from the old guard of the National Conference, the young CM declined to comment. His uncle Mustafa Kamal has openly criticised Omar.

While conceding that the stone pelting did have an underlying reason, he refused to name the organisers or their methodology.

"Once normalcy returns, we will look into it and underline the causes," he told HT.

Regarding criticism for not visiting the trouble spots, he said "the situation gets complicated when the media moves into such spots. I will go whenever I feel the circumstances so demand."