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J-K Governor Satya Pal Malik Counters Omar Abdullah On Risk To Kashmiris Post-Pulwama Attack, Says Parties Are Communalising The Region For Political Mileage

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • After National Conference chief Omar Abdullah spoke about the reported attack on Kashmiri students outside Jammu and Kashmir following the Pulwama attack on Thursday, adding that the claimed incidents are leading their alienation, the state's Governor Satya Pal Malik has categorically denied reports of attacks on students
  • Governor Pal while saying that he did not want to comment on 'childish' Omar Abdullah, gave official information on the situation on the ground

After National Conference chief Omar Abdullah spoke about the reported attacks on Kashmiri students living outside Jammu and Kashmir following the Pulwama attack on Thursday, adding that the claimed incidents are leading their alienation, the state's Governor Satya Pal Malik has categorically denied reports of attacks on students.   

Governor Pal while saying that he did not want to comment on 'childish' Omar Abdullah, gave official information about the situation on the ground.

He added that people from PDP have created the "false ruckus" about the danger to Kashmiri students and blamed political parties in the state of attempting to communalise the region before Lok Sabha elections of 2019.

"I don't want to comment on what Omar said but, I can tell you something for your information, there are approximately 22000-25000 Kashmiri students studying outside J&K, not a single student has even been slapped. At eleven locations we had appointed liason officers 6 months ago, these officers took care of them and maintained co-ordination with the State Government and kept the students safe. Even yesterday in Dehradun Kashmiri students stated that there was no risk or danger to them and PDP people there were creating a false ruckus. There is an attempt to create an issue where there is no issue, just to communalise before the elections and I don't want to react to such childish man."

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Earlier on Thursday, the former Jammu and Kashmir had said that the reported attacks on Kashmiri students led to their alienation and could lead to them picking up stones against the government.

"So for all those students who went out with the hope to get an education, tomorrow, I hope not, but get on the streets with stones in their hands; will you be responsible or those who are being pushed out of the mainstream be responsible? We are not responsible, responsible are those who are trying to leverage the political benefits out of this," he added. 

He also referred to the comment made by Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy who asked people to boycott Kashmir and painted the matter on communal lines saying that the Kashmir was bearing the brunt of being a Muslim-majority state. 

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