Omar expresses anguish to delegation over no follow-up in past

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today met the all-party delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here and said such efforts have lost credibility as there has hardly been any follow-up after similar visits in the past.

During his hour-long interaction with the delegation, Omar recalled the previous all-party delegation visits since 1990 to Kashmir and said that "unfortunately when things cool down, there is no progress on the issue". He said the MPs who have come here this time face a mammoth task in their hands to revive faith in this process.

He said the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao had promised "sky is the limit" but failed to do anything.

"There was a time when my father had conveyed to grant internal autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and had warned New Delhi that if they continue to deny it, time will come when it will also not be acceptable to people of Jammu and Kashmir. I think we are heading for that time only," Omar said

He told the delegation that his workers were pressurising him not to attend the meeting "such is the situation".

Omar also spoke of "continuous failure of the state government and its dilly dallying tactics".