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Omar seeks for a common denominator on Kashmir

'I am open to meet the young leaders- be it Mehbooba or Mirwaiz', says Omar, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 20:11 IST
Arun Joshi

National Conference president Omar Abdullah has declared that he is sitting with all the young generation leaders from mainstream and separatist camps to seek a "common denominator" for Kashmir solution and that his party "may even join working groups of both sides of the Line of Control."

Omar Abdullah told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview on Monday: "I am open to meet the young leaders- be it Mehbooba or Mirwaiz, and added: " We all can share each other's view point and work out a common denominator."

" Let there be a little bit of our autonomy, something from self rule of PDO, and few bits from the " Achievable Nationhood of Peoples Conference and few points from what (All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is suggesting," he said, and regretted that " right now we are being played off one against another."

Asked if Delhi has any role in this, he quipped: "it has always been resorting to divide and rule."

Omar who has occasionally shared stage with PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone and also Mirwaiz, said, "I would be happy to sit with all of them together and seek a solution that is acceptable to all of us."

"All of us are young," he said, referring to the age group of his contemporaries, ranging from thirties to forties. "We have a firm stake in the future of Jammu and Kashmir and we need to look for a common denominator," Omar said and made it clear that he and Syed Ali Shah Geelani can never find a common ground.

Geelani is sticking to the implementation of the United Nations Resolutions on Kashmir, and says that all other roadmaps were creating "confusion".

Omar Abdullah also made it clear that, "if there was a serious cross-LOC effort at making working groups and if National Conference is invited, our party will be willing to join these working groups."

An effort is going on to have the working groups of the leadership of the two sides of the LoC. The idea has been debated during the recent Pakistan visit of a delegation of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

There is a talk of three working groups. While the Hurriyat leadership has spoken to the leaders on the other side of the LoC, it proposes to do so, when it is back in Srinagar.
Mirwaiz is currently in Delhi, and will be back in Srinagar on February 1.

Omar Abdullah, however, is miffed with Delhi that it has failed implement its "zero tolerance" doctrine against human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.

Referring to Sunday's disclosure of custodial deaths in Kashmir, he said that this doesn't speak well of the claim of the government that everything is fine on the human rights front.

His two letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh highlighting the HR violations have also remained unanswered.

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First Published: Jan 29, 2007 20:11 IST