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Mustafa stirs another hornet’s nest | Word enemy for GoI, not for India: Kamal
‘Omar should have verified facts before tweeting’
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SRINAGAR, Nov 14: Amid criticism from different quarters, the additional general secretary of National Conference (NC), Dr Mustafa Kamal today admitted that he used the word “enemy” at Kishtwar recently but claimed that it was for Government of India and not for India as a country. He also said he cannot call Pakistan an enemy country to please some people.

Talking to Kashmir Times, he criticised a section of media for portraying him as anti-national by using his statement “out of context.” Kamal said he was upset with his nephew and chief minister Omar Abdullah reacting on Twitter on a “baseless and confused media report” without verifying the facts.

The additional general secretary stated that he did not say anything new at Kishtwar. “Such statements have been made by leaders and separatists in the past. But my statement was distorted in such a way that even Ghulam Nabi Azad favoured action against me. Can I ask as to why the separatists are being given VIP treatment and security after making such statements, while a leader (me) of a national party which endorsed Maharaja’s accession with India is being described as anti national,” Kamal said.

The additional general secretary of NC claimed that his statement at the press conference in Jammu today was not an apologetic one and that he did not backtrack from his statement. “I wanted to make it clear that I am not an anti national. We were nationalists even we were imprisoned and subjected to suppression in the past. We were nationalist in the past, we are nationalist at present and we will continue being nationalist in future as well,” he said.

Kamal said he stands by what he said at Kishtwar. “I admit I used the word enemy. But it was not for India as a country but Government of India. By India I meant government of India and not India as a country. Government of India has been unfair to us. It has let us down and failed us. No serious effort was made for solution of Kashmir problem and some times the internal problems in Pakistan were described as a hurdle in the solution”.

The NC leader alleged that Government of India is sleeping over the recommendations made from time to time by its men on Kashmir. “What has happened to the recommendations of working groups, constituted on the directions of prime minister particularly on autonomy? See the fate has the report of the interlocutors. Even the recommendations by parliamentarians and members of civil society including that of Ram Jethmalani were not taken care of. The tall statement about sky is the limit regarding granting autonomy is nothing but rhetoric. The recommendations about AFSPA removal and reducing the foot prints of troops are not being honoured. If one analyses these things on merit it becomes clear that government of India has been playing a role of an enemy,” he said.

The additional general of NC said government of India without wasting further time must accept these recommendations in the wider national interests. The dialogue must be carried forward in a positive manner with all stake holders including Pakistan for a solution. “Five wars have been fought on Kashmir. It needs a solution,” he said

The senior NC leader stated that some people want him to call Pakistan an enemy country. “I will not do so for pleasing them. Vajpayee in reference to Pakistan has stated that friends can be changed but not neighbours. Prime minister Manmohan Singh wants to make borders with Pakistan irrelevant. If Indian leaders want friendly relations with Pakistan why some people expect me to use inappropriate remarks,” he asked.

Kamal said that those raising hue and cry over his statement must realise that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have to bear the brunt of hostility between India and Pakistan. “We are the worst sufferer. We should form a bridge between India and Pakistan and at the same time work for a solution of Kashmir issue,” he added.

About Omar’s tweet he said it made him upset. “He should have verified the facts first. It is an off the cuff remark. I do not say Omar sahib should have consulted me. He should have viewed the recording of my statement in Kishtwar or examined the police diaries which he gets daily. Leaders do talk both -the harsh and soft things - at political meetings. A section of media mischievously picked something out of context and Omar sahib relied on it and reacted. It was an attempt by media to cause confrontation between me and my party leadership,” he said.

Earlier this morning, while addressing a press briefing in Jammu, Mustafa Kamal reacted sharply over being projected as ‘anti- national’. Without naming anyone, Kamal while addressing the reporters said, “Some elements both in the Centre and State don’t want the NC Congress alliance to function smoothly and create hurdles through their statements and remarks to destroy it. They want to grab the power from NC which already has got a history of more than three years in every field regarding development works and maintaining peace in the State under the leadership of NC headed by young Chief minister Omar Abdullah.”

He further said, “I am pained and hurt that the media has projected me as an anti-national and accused me of sedition. It hurts me, it saddens me. My history is known to everyone, my family’s legacy and my political career of several decades is testimony of my credentials and today you call Dr Kamal an anti-national. It deeply hurts me what I said has been blown out of context. For heaven's sake at this age and stage of life don't accuse me of something that is not in my grain and blood. Abdullah’s live by the legacy of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and he was a great nationalist and I am proud of that legacy.”

“I had suggested that India and Pakistan must sit together and settle the issue amicably because it affects the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I have great regard for my country India and the Indian National Congress and shall never ever work against the two. It is beyond my comprehension to do so,” he added.

He further said, “Rahul and Omar have ushered a new chapter in the NC and Congress relationship which dates back to Sher-e-Kashmir and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and carried forward by Indira Gandhi and Dr Farooq Abdullah. We all in the family are committed to carry forward this relationship and strengthen the hands of Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah for the betterment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and in the interest of the Nation.

Earlier, Kamal had alleged that the ‘black laws’ imposed by the Centre were targeting the civilians rather than the militants and that the biggest hurdle for return of peace in Jammu and Kashmir were the Security forces. He also hit out at his coalition partner Congress and main opposition, PDP, by saying “coalition is compulsion for us” and “we have plunged into power to keep away both of our enemies from each other, otherwise both had numbers to finish us.”



Following is the full text of the Dr Mustafa Kamal’s statement circulated at Jammu press conference:

I am pained and hurt that the media has projected me as an anti-national and accused me of sedition.

It hurts me, it saddens me.

My history is known to everyone, my family’s legacy and my political career of several decades is testimony of my credentials and today you call Dr. Mustafa Kamaal an anti-national. It deeply hurts me what I said has been blown out of context.

I had suggested that India and Pakistan must sit together and settle the issue amicably because it effects the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

I have great regard for my country India and the Indian National Congress and shall never ever work against the two. It is beyond my comprehension to do so.

Shri Rahul Gandhi Ji and Omar Abdullah have ushered a new chapter in the National Conference and Congress relationship which dates back to Sher-e-Kashmir and Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Ji and carried forward by Indira Gandhi Ji and Dr. Farooq Abdullah. We all in the family are committed to carry forward this relationship and strengthen the hands of Rahul Gandhi Ji and Omar Abdullah for the betterment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and in the interest of the Nation.

For heaven’s sake at this age and stage of life don’t accuse me of something that is not in my grain and blood. Abdullahs live by the legacy of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Sheikh Sahib was a great nationalist and I am proud of that legacy.

Sd/-

(Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal)

Additional General Secretary,

J&K National Conference


News Updated at : Thursday, November 15, 2012
 
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