Former Jammu and Kashmir CM, Omar Abdullah called out on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the events of violence against Kashmiris in various parts of the country in the aftermath of the 14 February terror attack in Pulwama.
While addressing the media in Srinagar today, Abdullah claimed that it seemed like forces that demonize Kashmiris are having the support of the ruling party.
He claimed that students in the universities of Dehradun and West Bengal who are in a way related to the Pulwama attack are being targeted, threatened, and even ousted.
He expressed his gratitude to Punjab and West Bengal CMs Amarinder Singh and Mamata Banerjee for ensuring the safety of Kashmiris in their respective states.
Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy had tweeted on Tuesday:
An appeal from a retired colonel of the Indian Army: Don’t visit Kashmir, don’t go to Amarnath for the next 2 years. Don’t buy articles from Kashmir emporia or Kashmiri tradesman who come every winter. Boycott everything Kashmiri. I am inclined to agree. Omar Abdullah. PTI
Taking a dig at Roy's remark, Abdullah said: "When in Chhattisgarh, even a greater alarming situation than Pulwama strikes and many brave CRPF jawans are killed, nobody talks about the economic boycott of Chhattisgarh, the people of Chhattisgarh are not locked up in hotel rooms, no governor protested that boycott of tourism should take place in the state. Are we being targeted only because we are Kashmiri?"
He also said that talks with Pakistan cannot be held in such events like Pulwama attack. He said that the “muh tod jawab” (Jaw-breaking reply) talked about by our PM isn’t possible in the current scenario.
He expressed his concern over the withdrawal of security to mainstream political operators. He also wondered how his state was being told to be prepared for Parliament and Assembly elections, on the other hand, are being told that they don’t deserve the protection of the state.
He also lashed out at the Congress over its silence on violence attributed to Kashmiris saying that even the greatest Opposition leadership in the nation kept silent.