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Professor’s killing answer to those seeing jobs as solution: Omar

National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said on Sunday that killing of a professor-militant, Muhammad Rafi Bhat, in a gunfight was an “answer to those who claim jobs and development are the solution to the violence & alienation in Kashmir”.

“Sadly this is also an answer to those who claim jobs and development are the solution to the violence & alienation in Kashmir. This is another tragic development in a steady stream of tragedies in Kashmir,” Omar tweeted.

Addressing a gathering at Drass, Omar said Kashmir Issue had to be resolved through sustained dialogue, and said unabated civilian killings were unacceptable, a statement issued by the party said.

“When educated, gainfully employed young men choose the path of militancy, it should serve as a wakeup call for those who have turned a deaf ear towards repeated pleas for initiation of dialogue with all stakeholders to find a solution to this quagmire,” the statement quoted Omar as telling a gathering at Drass.

He said turning a blind eye towards the alarming situation won’t change reality.

“The growing levels of alienation and isolation are alarming signs and need to be acknowledged and addressed politically. This is not an economic issue and cannot be resolved through economic packages,” the statement reads.

“The State is reeling under a failure of politics and imagination and the ruling dispensation seems more interested in remaining glued to power for as long as they could. The ramifications of their politics are there for everyone to see. This alliance has distanced the people of the State and divided them on regional and religious lines to seek political dividends from such divisive politics.  The State needs to be pulled out of this morass through consensus, peace and a vision-oriented politics that brings the people of the State closer together rather than dividing them”, the statement adds.

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