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Srinagar, November 2 ( JKNT) The verbal duel between  former Chief Minister   Omar Abdullah  and  All Parties Hurriyat Conference ( M) chairman  Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is  in the open  and the “  Double Farooq unity” that their fathers had stamped in 1983  seems to be unraveling  into a slugfest   over  former’s speech at New York University in which he had said that “ Pakistan had failed to fulfill the  obligations under the UN resolutions on Kashmir.”

Omar who had strongly advocated the  political solution  for Kashmir and  taken  Pakistan to task for  repeatedly raking up  the issue of plebiscite  under the UN resolutions on Kashmir had also pointed out that the geographical  reality had changed since 1947. He had  spotlighted that how  Pakistan had tinkered with the territory of the state under its control by handing over  a large chunk of it to China. “ India has  not done nothing like that,” he had brought to the notice of the  New York University students last month .


The former chief Minister  had also sarcastically reminded a student from Pakistan occupied Kashmir that “ terrorism was flowing from her side to  our side,” when she said her part of the state under Pakistan was “ happy.’

These assertions of  Omar had irked the separatist camp and he was  denounced as “ Indian stooge”, to which his party  National Conference  responded in a bitter tone on Tuesday with a charge that the Mirwaiz was the boy of intelligence agencies  and had bargained for small favours ..

Not to be left behind , Mirwaiz on Wednesday called Omar  Abdullah as a “ frustrated man” who after having lost chair of Chief Minister  had resorted to lies.”


Observers say that this war between the two leaders would revive  the old  disputes between the two families of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Mirwaiz’s.  Their differences were buried in 1983 when Omar’s father  Farooq Abdullah and Mirwaiz’s father Moulvi Mohammad Farooq ( assassinated by militants in 1990) had joined hands  springing a surprise “ Double-Farooq” unity. Now that seems to be collapsing.