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Omar ends all speculation, says he won't quit

Sep 14, 2010 01:09 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday ended all speculation that he was going to resign following the violence in Kashmir.

"I am not going to plunge the state into a bigger crisis by leaving it headless at this stage," Omar told CNN-IBN.

The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet is meeting in Srinagar to discuss the security situation in the Valley. Omar's party, the National Conference, will meet party president after Farooq Abdullah reaches Srinagar on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, there has been no let up in the violence in the Valley, which has now spread to six more places. Apart from Srinagar, violence has been reported from Tangmarg, Budgam, Anantnag, Charar-e-Sharif, Pampore and Bandipore.

Incidents of fresh violence have been reported from Baramulla and Kishtwar too. In Baramulla four people have been injured after protestors clashed with police.

Curfew has also been extended across the Valley. Srinagar remained completely cut off from the rest of the country as curfew continued there for the third straight day on Tuesday. Flights to and from Srinagar have been cancelled and no major newspapers hit the stands on Tuesday while local channels, too, have been banned for the time being.

The death toll since Monday's violence has risen to 17 and more than a 100 people have been injured including 50 policemen in clashes.

The blame game on the current violence is with National Conference MP Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri accusing the Congress of trying to divert attention away from the deadlock over Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state.

"Anger is against the promise not being fulfilled. They (protestors) are in a state of desperation. There has been every possible step from Delhi to divert attention towards the Omar Abdullah government and to term it as lack of governance. Failure is mainly on the part of police. When the government was formed Omar was not given a chance to form his team. The ideal situation would have been if Centre had allowed Omar to choose people not only from his party but also from Congress," said Ratanpuri.

Earlier, the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meet on Monday ended with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convening an all-party meet on Wednesday to seek consensus on the Kashmir issue and AFSPA.

(With inputs from Suhasini Haider and Mufti Islah)