Army Intelligence Row: Omar Says, ‘General’s Accusations Can’t Be Dismissed Out Of Hand

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SRINAGAR

Chief Minister Omar Abdullaha Wednesday said that the accusations leveled by former Chief of Indian Army cannot be dismissed out of hand and require further investigation. “This matter is taken up formally by me with the Government of India for further action. His statement has caused so much damage here and the Government of India should conduct a threadbare inquiry and share details with the State,” Omar Abdulah told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Kashmir Hart on Wednesday.

“My government as well as my party have stated our concerns about what he (V.K.Singh) has had to say. I believe that these revelations (I won’t call them revelations), I believe these accusations cannot be dismissed out of hand and require further investigation,” Omar said adding that, “this matter is taken up formally by me with the Government of India for further action. I don’t think beyond that it is appropriate for me to say anything other than the fact that this effort that is being made to vilify all mainstream political parties is extremely unfortunate,” he said.

He said that most of us have no financial dealings whatsoever with the army but, “these sort of statements and accusations only cause us great difficulty here. In this one statement of his the General has done nothing more than create untold problems for mainstream political parties particularly those operating in Kashmir Valley.”

When asked why no action was taken against Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hasan Mir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that he has taken up the issue with the Congress party and soon the issue would be resolved. “Ghulam Hasan Mir is a Congress minister and I have taken up the issue with the Pradesh Congress Party. Rest you leave up to us,” he said.

Omar Abdullah refused to comment over phone tapping issue and even evaded the question about the claims made by V.K.Singh that Omar Abdullah was well aware of this fact that Army was transferring money to his ministers.

“I have already said that I am not going to comment in this regard. I have nothing else to say as I said I am taking up this matter with the Government of India for further action. I don’t think anything beyond that would be appropriate for me to say as I said earlier these accusations have caused untold damage to the image of mainstream politicians in State particularly in Kashmir Valley. I think Government of India needs to come clean on this issue because otherwise, all mainstream politicians are today being looked at with suspension and I think that is extremely unfortunate and unfair because the majority of mainstream politicians are having no financial dealings with the army. The Government of India should conduct a threadbare inquiry and share details with us,” he said.

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