Kamal`s statements not in line with NC: Farooq

Mustafa Kamal, NC general secretary, had alleged that the Army may have had a hand in recent terror strikes in the Valley.

Srinagar: Terming the recent statements made by National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal as "regrettable", NC president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said they do not reflect the party line and asked him to exercise restraint.

"Kamal has been advised to exercise restraint and follow the party policy line on all issues, particularly those pertaining to the policies of the coalition government,
relationship with the Congress party, AFSPA and the role of the Army," Abdullah said in a statement here.

He said certain comments made by Kamal on these issues in the past few days are "regrettable" and are not endorsed by him and do not reflect NC`s policy.

Abdullah`s statement came after Kamal`s statements drew sharp reaction from the J&K unit of Congress, which is part of the ruling coalition.

Kamal, NC general secretary and party`s chief spokesman, had alleged that the Army may have had a hand in recent terror strikes in the Valley, only to retract later.

"National Conference is committed to running the coalition smoothly," said Abdullah, who is also Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy.

Abdullah said he has the highest regards for Congress leadership, particularly UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"National Conference values their support to coalition government in the state," he said.

Abdullah said the coalition government is doing a commendable job for the welfare of the people by working for normalcy, and in this task the Congress has given great support for which the National Conference is grateful to them.

"While revocation of AFSPA is an issue relating to the security and normalcy, there is a political and an emotional dimension to it as well which cannot be overlooked and has to be considered," the NC president said.

He said the Army is playing a major role in the counter insurgency operations in the state, and the security of the country and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has appreciated their role in this regard.

The coalition government`s resolve to remove the AFSPA from certain parts of the state is no reflection or commentary on the role of the Army and the two should not be confused with each other, Abdullah said.


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