Kashmir violence: Omar appeals for calm

Last Updated: Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 21:49

Srinagar: With Kashmir Valley facing fresh
unrest, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday night appealed for
peace and also vowed not to allow perpetrators of violence "to
win".

Asking people to cooperate with him to help restore calm
in the state, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said he was
willing to take "10 steps" forward and appealed to them to
take at least "one step" and help create a situation conducive
to end the cycle of violence.

"There are people in the Valley who want the cycle of
deaths and killings to continue... I don’t want them to win. I
want your cooperation to defeat these elements who are using
the blood of the youth for their political interests," Omar
told DD Kasheer in a broadcast.

He appealed to all parties including the separatists to
put behind divisive politics and end the plight of the people
facing hardships due to recurring violence.

"People who are misguiding you are happy with the
present situation because they earn out of the unrest as
well," he said.

Omar said he had made several appeals for sustaining
dialogue between India and Pakistan but that process will take
time.

He appealed to the religious heads and elders in the
families to follow the curfew orders and not leave their
houses.

"Curfew restrictions have to be respected and people
should not indulge in senseless violence. I don`t want CRPF or
other police forces to fire teargas shell but if police and
government offices are attacked action will have to be taken,"
he added.

Acknowledging there was anger among the youth, he said,
"I know the youth of the Valley is angry...it sees no
hope...no light in this darkness. I want to lead them...show
them light but only if my government gets a chance to work."

Government will soon start a massive recruitment drive
on which we will go on talent hunt, he said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 21:49

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