PDP?s letter to CM on withdrawing security is a drama: NC
Omar Abdullah says that PDP is on defensive on human rights situation, reports Arun Joshi .Updated: Feb 07, 2007, 15:28 IST
The main opposition National Conference is " silently watching political drama" of daily clashes between Congress and PDP and in the eventuality of a major crisis between the two ruling alliance partners , " it would like to face polls rather than supporting G N Azad government"
"The instant word that comes to mind, what PDP has done, writing a letter to Chief Minister asking him to withdraw their security, is drama," NC president Omar Abdullah told Hindustan Times.
" The basic question is that if they were serious, why didn't PDP during its three year rule said that the troops should be reduced and the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Forces Special Powers Act be done away with."
Recalling PDP's claims that it has organised unprecedented audience at the rallies of Prime Minister, brought highest number of tourists and opened Srinagar-Muzzaffarabad road, they should have done what they are asking of Azad, he said.
"It is a drama. PDP is on defensive on human rights situation. The victims of the fake encounter are from south Kashmir, which PDP considers its bastion. It has no answers. Now they are blaming police, they did not utter a word of sorry there," Omar said.
According to him, "PDP is trying to distance from what happened now, but the fact of the matter is that the two are coalition partners and the whole human rights record is their shared record."
He particularly questioned the existence of special operation group (SOG). "The PDP claimed that it was disbanded, now it turns out, it existed, so what is the truth," he asked. "They must come clean on it."
Omar said that he was surprised that after having written letters to Chief Minister surrendering their security, "the PDP ministers were in bullet proof cars and personal security guards, this exposes their duplicity."
Regarding Chief Minister's statement asking the leaders to surrender their security before asking for the demilitarisation Omar said: "it is unfortunate".
"The freedom of speech cannot be linked to personal security cover," he said and observed : Once security has been given to who demand " azadi ( freedom), asking the mainstream leaders to do so, and linking security with their fundamental right to speech is unfortunate."
He said, "Security is linked to threat perception. It has nothing to do with what the protected persons say."