JK News Today
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.