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Omar never made any serious effort for revocation of AFSPA: Mehbooba Mufti

Alleging that Chief Minister Omar  Abdullah never made any serious effort for revocation of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said he (Omar) was now trying to cover-his countless failures.

Having unceremoniously dumped his rhetorical AFSPA  revocation demand, Mr Abdullah was now trying to blame everybody except himself for his countless failures and follies.    

“Unfortunately, Mr Abdullah’s wavering stance on crucial issues during the past six years has reduced the CM’s post to a mockery,” Ms Mufti said while addressing an election rally in this south Kashmir constituency.

Accusing Mr Abdullah of never having made a serious effort for the revocation of AFSPA, she said let the Chief Minister come up with a single communication, he has made with the Government of India during the past six years for revocation of the controversial law.

“He must know that the Government do not function through rhetoric and verbal acrobatics, but call for tangible action,” she said and added that it was only on the persuasion of PDP Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, through a series of communications with the then Prime Minister, that in June 2007 a committee headed by the Defence Minister was constituted to undertake a holistic review of the controversial law.    “However, due to lack of follow-up by the successive governments in the State, no headway could be made on the issue,” she said.

Ms Mufti said Mr Abdullah had announced revocation of  AFSPA “within two or three days” on October 21, 2011, in the aftermath of “(NC worker) Haji Yousuf’s death in suspicious circumstances.” “After that, the Chief Minister has been regularly diluting his stand on this important issue,” she said and added that while on October 21, he claimed that AFSPA will be revoked within two days, then he said he will revoke the law after Durbar move.    “Mr Abdullah later stated that the law shall be revoked in his tenure and then he said it has become his life time mission,” she said.

She said Mr Abdullah continued to raise AFSPA as a slogan  to cover his “failures on every front” and after dumping the issue for good, he is now trying to shift the blame on others including PDP.

“As the Chief Minister of the State, Omar Abdullah was  always well within his powers to revoke AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir. All he had to do was to withdraw the Disturbed Areas Act, the AFSPA would have automatically gone,” she said and added that throughout his disastrous six-year tenure Mr Abdullah just kept on dishing out non-serious statements about the revocation of the black laws.

She said no wonder Mr Abdullah would tomorrow blame PDP even for the hanging of Afzal Guru, which was facilitated by him to help his friends in the Congress. “He is now even vainly trying to shift the blame of 120 innocent killings during 2010 unrest on others,” she said.

Referring to the local issues she said devastated by September floods, people in Kulgam and its adjoining areas have, like other flood-affected areas, become the victims of callousness of the government headed by Omar Abdullah.

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