Why is the PM silent on Kashmiri students being targetted: Omar Abdullah

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National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Thursday questioned the prime minister’s silence on the alleged attack on Kashmiri students in various parts of the country in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

Moreover, he said that the withdrawal of security to mainstream political workers and office bearers is a retrograde step that will only weaken political activity in the valley. “This is regardless of the fact that no one from JKNC has had their security withdrawn in yesterday’s list,” he said in a series of tweets.

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“I would like to encourage the J&K governor to reconsider this step. If it is not revisited we will approach the courts & ask them to intervene,” he added.

I have no doubt this step was taken without taking into consideration inputs from central & state intelligence agencies which can only mean it’s been done for political purposes & there is an element of pick & choose at play here, he added.

The state government on Wednesday announced withdrawal or downgrading of security of 155 persons, including 18 separatists. The list included former IAS officer Shah Faesal and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth president Waheed Parra.

He also addressed the media in Srinagar, he asked “Why is PM silent on Kashmiri students being targeted in various parts of the country.”

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PM Modi is on a two day state visit to South Korea.

“It has come to our knowledge that Kashmiri students in the universities of Dehradun and West Bengal, who have nothing to do with the 14 February terror attack, are being targeted, threatened, and even ousted, ” said the National Conference leader.

However, he expressed gratitude to Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for ensuring safety of Kashmiris in their states.

Condemning the ‘systematic attacks’ directed against the Kashmiris, Abdullah also took a potshot at Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy, who tweeted on Tuesday, asking for a blanket boycott of ‘everything Kashmiri.’ Roy had also asked people not to visit Kashmir for the next two years.

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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 talks with Pakistan cannot be held in the backdrop of attacks such as the one in Pulwama.

“Our prime minister has talked about a muh tod jawab, but such a reply is not possible in the current situation,” said Abdullah.

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