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India lacks courage on Kashmir issue: Omar
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November 01, 2006 16:42 IST

National Conference president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday showered praises on Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [Images] for his 'courage' in being very clear about his proposals and formulas to resolve the contentious Kashmir issue.

"General Musharraf is a very courageous person. We should accept and appreciate that... If he has to talk about any issue be it demilitarisation or self-rule or has to speak against independence...he says it daringly," Omar told a news conference in Srinagar [Images].

However, he said the same courage and determination was not shown by the leadership in Delhi.

"Why does the leadership not exhibit the same courage? Why do they have to create agents and mouthpiece and present them before the people of Jammu and Kashmir [Images] to propagate their proposals? I fail to understand," Omar said.

"If the government has to talk about opening the road and other issues, why don't they do it on their own? Why make others speak for them," he asked.

Omar said if the government was in favour of the self-rule proposal, it should speak for itself and not ask former chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to do so.

"Come and announce it here. New Delhi has always looked for its agents and mouthpiece here. When they are through with these agents, new ones are promoted," he alleged.

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