Omar Abdullah deplores use of force against protesting Kashmiri Pandits

Says return of tourism doesn't bespeak of Normalcy

Says return of tourism doesn't bespeak of Normalcy


Srinagar May 13 (KNS): The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Friday said the unabated targeted killings doesn't attest to the normalcy claims of the government, saying Kashmir is far from normal. 

Taking strong exception to the high handedness of police forces on the protesting Kashmiri Pundits, Omar said that there was no visage of normalcy in Kashmir and that the real normalcy is betokened by absence of fear, and absence of terror. 


“Tourism is not normalcy, it’s a barometer of economic activity. Normalcy is the inability of militants to strike at will, the presence of democratic rule & by any yardstick you choose to use, Kashmir is far from normal today," he said. 

Condemning the use of brutal force against protesting KPs, he said, “It’s shameful that legitimate & justified protests are met with a heavy-handed response. This is not new for the people of Kashmir because when all the administration has is a hammer every problem resembles a nail. If the LG’s Govt can’t protect KPs they have a right to protest."(KNS)

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