Omar welcomes Obama`s comments on Kashmir

Welcoming Barack Obama`s comments on Kashmir, J&K CM Omar Abdullah on Monday said that time had come for Pakistan and separatists in the state to "look inwards" for a solution rather than expect the US to "do their job for them."

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 19:26 PM IST

Jammu/Srinagar: Welcoming Barack Obama`s comments on Kashmir, J&K CM Omar Abdullah on Monday said that time had come for Pakistan and separatists in the state to "look inwards" for a solution rather than expect the US to "do their job for them."

Omar, who was the only Chief Minister invited to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s private dinner last night in honour
of Obama, said the President`s statement that the US cannot
impose a solution was a "telling indicator" that for resolving
the vexed issue of Kashmir, India and Pakistan will have to
find a solution that is acceptable to the majority of people
of J and K.

"Perhaps the time has come for both Pakistan and
separatists to look inwards for a solution rather than expect
the US to do their jobs for them," Omar said when asked
for his comments on Obama`s remarks after summit talks with
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"His statement that the US cannot impose a solution is
a telling indicator that for resolving the vexed issue of
Kashmir, the only parties are India and Pakistan and that they
have to find a solution that is acceptable to the majority of
people of the state," the Chief Minister said.

At the same time, Obama said separatists in the state
"need to do some soul searching" since they were unable to
internationalise the Kashmir to their satisfaction after 5
months of a protest calender and loss of more than 100
precious lives.

"Perhaps it`s time for them to reorient their strategy
and stop making people suffer," the Chief Minister said.
Obama said earlier it was in the interest of India and
Pakistan to reduce tensions between them and the US cannot
impose solutions to these problems.

Omar`s father and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah said
the statement of Obama should now at least open the eyes of
the people of the state and they should stop playing in the
hands of separatists.

Known for his tough-talk on terrorism, the senior
Abdullah said terrorism is not limited to India but was a
world problem and that the entire countries of the globe
should rise and point fingers at the country which is
sponsoring terrorism and the regime responsible for it.
"I am hopeful that the Prime Minister must have conveyed
to the US President to take strong measures against the menace
of terrorism," Abdullah said.

Meanwhile, separatists put their own spin on Obama`s
comments by saying that the US President`s statement was an
admission that Kashmir is a longstanding dispute

Moderate Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said
"though Obama has said India and Pakistan should resolve the
Kashmir issue, he has not ruled out role of US categorically.
He referred to Kashmir as a longstanding dispute, which is
vindication of our stand."

Geelani, who has been denied visa to the US for his
support to violence, also claimed that it was victory for them
as Obama`s reference to Kashmir has given international
endorsement to the territory as being disputed.

PTI