Omar has converted Kashmir into a prison: Mehbooba

Omar should be last man to speak on the issue concerning Wikileaks disclosure about tortures in Kashmir. He has converted the Kashmir Valley into a prison, Mehbooba said.

Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 00:35 AM IST

Jammu: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party
attacked Omar Abdullah for his comments on the Wikileaks
cables relating to alleged human rights violations in Kashmir
in 2005, saying the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister should be
the last man to speak on the issue, as he has converted the
Valley into a prison.

"Omar should be last man to speak on the issue concerning
Wikileaks disclosure about tortures in Kashmir. He has
converted the Kashmir Valley into a prison," PDP Chief
Mehbooba Mufti told reporters tonight.

"During his regime, even though militancy is down, there
have been over hundred killings, thousands have been injured
and there have been large scale arrests," she said.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday
distanced himself from the WikiLeaks cable emanating from the
US Embassy in Delhi and indirectly blamed the then
government, led by opposition PDP.

Mehbooba further said it was PDP that inherited Jammu
and Kashmir when militancy was at its peak.

"We nourished Kashmir with the healing touch policy. The
then PDP-Congress government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
brought tremendous improvement in the security situation,
militancy and ended the fear of surrendered militants, STFs
and POTAs," she said.

In a rare briefing with the then US envoy to India, the
International Committee of the Red Cross had in 2005 expressed
concern over alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and
spoke about torture in detention centres, though it pointed
out that the situation was much better than in the 1990s.

PTI