Increased tourists footfall, flights to Kashmir can’t be called normalcy: Omar
National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Friday said that the Modi government has failed to restore peace in Kashmir and the increased tourist footfall and multiple flights to the Valley cannot be called signs of normalcy.
Addressing mediapersons at the party headquarters here, he said, “No one is feeling secure amid targeted killings. The state of fear is such that Pandit employees are ready to quit their jobs and run away from Kashmir.”
The former J&K CM said the claims of the Centre of restoring peace in Valley were “fake and held no ground”.
“Flights and tourists are not (signs of) normalcy. Normalcy is when there is no fear and terror,” he added.
Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing protests by Kashmiri Pandits since the killing of community member and government employee Rahul Bhat by terrorists inside his office in Budgam’s Chadoora last week.
He said that Kashmiri Pandit employees met leaders of the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) seeking justice.
“We feel sorry that innocent people are being killed one after another. Minorities are being targeted. Policepersons are being gunned down and civilians are getting trapped in cross-firing,” he said.
Taking a dig at the government over its claim that the situation would become normal after Article 370 was scrapped, he said, “More than two years have passed, where is improvement in the situation? Today, people are not feeling secure in Kashmir.”
He said terrorism was returning to the places which had earlier been cleared of terrorists, particularly Srinagar, and its adjoining areas.
Replying to a question on the ban on loudspeakers in Jammu, he said the authorities should adopt a middle path so that the sentiments of the community are not hurt.
Delhi on Thursday woke up to thundershowers, with heavy rainfall lashing several partys of the national capital region, bringing down the temperature and providing relief to people from the sultry weather that they were experiencing for the last few days. The India Meteorological Department predicted that Delhi is likely to witness “generally cloudy sky with moderate rain” today, and that the maximum temperature may drop to 34 degrees Celsius.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot said on Thursday that the murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Rajasthan's Udaipur and the manner in which it was executed shocked everyone. The killers, through fast track court, should be given such a punishment that will be an example for the entire country, Pilot said. Pilot highlighted that besides Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, Rajasthan was also a border state.
It is good to patronise the jamun hawkers, but you can also pick up the jamuns for free. These days, many Delhi pathways look like blood-splattered battlefields with the tiny pulpy fruit fallen from trees, their innards and purple juices squashed out by the pedestrians’ feet.
After the cabinet meeting, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the new buses will start arriving from August 2022 and by September 2023, all buses, including the 1,500 electric and 450 CNG-run air-conditioned buses, will be inducted into the city fleet.
Strong protests by pro-Jammu parties erupted in Jammu on Wednesday over barbaric murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur. The protesters owing allegiance to the Dogra Front, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal raised slogans against the brutal killing and demanded strict action against the perpetrators. They also demanded sacking of the Ashok Gehlot-led government over the deteriorating law and order situation in Rajasthan. The protesters also burnt effigies of the two attackers.