Omar says ‘lack of jobs’ causes militancy; Mehbooba says ‘insult to killed Kashmiris’

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Srinagar: After it was reported that National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah said ‘lack of jobs’ results in upsurge in militancy in Kashmir, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti hit back calling it “an insult to thousands of Kashmiris who lost their lives.”

Former chief minister Abdullah, as reported by the PTI, have made the comments while addressing a day-long convention of Youth National Conference’s Jammu chapter at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan in Jammu on Tuesday.

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It was reported, Abdullah accused the previous BJP and PDP government “for shrinking the space for youths by throttling avenues of jobs for them, resulting in alienation.”

“Compared to just a dozen or more youth drawn towards militancy in a span of years during my tenure as Chief Minister, far more than this number are taking to arms on monthly basis,” Abdullah was quoted saying.

Hitting back immediately, former chief minister Mufti in her response to Abdullah said that linking the upsurge with lack of jobs is unfortunate. “Kashmir is a political problem and needs resolution through dialogue & reconciliation,” she said. “Linking the upsurge with lack of jobs is unfortunate and an insult to the thousands of kashmiris who have lost their lives in the last three decades.”

Meanwhile, Abdullah took to his Twitter tagging PTI to retract the story. “You have completely misrepresented what I said at the convention,” he added. “At no point have I linked militancy to joblessness. If you can’t report what I say correctly please don’t bother to cover the events I speak at.”

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