Omar's admission of 'mistakes' meaningless: Mehbooba Mufti



Srinagar: Terming Omar Abdullah's admission of "mistakes" in dealing with the 2010 summer unrest as meaningless, main opposition PDP today said the chief minister should withdraw cases filed against scores of Kashmiri youths during the protests.

"The chief minister seems to have learnt no lessons from the debacle, in which more than 120 people lost their lives," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said.

Mufti said as the chief minister has accepted his "mistakes", he should withdraw cases against thousands of young people who have been slapped with serious charges for taking part in 2010 protests.

She said Omar's advice to the Central government on handling the current situation that has arisen in the wake of the unfortunate gang-rape of a young girl amounts to rubbing salt into the wounds of his own people.

Omar yesterday suggested that the government should be seen and heard while dealing the with the protests taking place in Delhi.

She said the chief minister had made announcements at least three occasions, the last being on February 25 this year, that cases of stone pelting had been withdrawn but it has turned out to be another hoax.

"The lie about withdrawal of cases has finally been nailed with the arrest of Zahida of Anantnag, a girl who lost her leg as a result of police firing and arrested on charges of stone pelting," she said.

Zahida was arrested by police on Saturday but was released on bail by a local court in Anantnag.

Mehbooba said the situation in 2010 was also triggered by a single unfortunate incident.

PTI