No terrorist given Govt job in J&K, NC won’t support policy of punishing their kin: Omar

Former CM and NC Vice president Omar Abdullah addressing public rally at Nagrota in Jammu.
Former CM and NC Vice president Omar Abdullah addressing public rally at Nagrota in Jammu.

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Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 20 : Former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah today said that no terrorist was given government jobs by the previous J&K Government and asserted that his party would not support any policy to punish relatives of terrorists as it is against the natural justice.
While talking to media-persons after addressing a public rally at Nagrota today Omar also raised the issue of `misuse of police against the civilian population.
“No terrorist was given a government job but we did not punish people because they were relatives of terrorists. Is it fair for me to punish you for the crime committed by your father or a son? Tomorrow, if God forbid a close relative of LG Sahab commits a crime, should he be sent to jail?” the former Chief Minister said.

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Omar was responding to a question on Sinha’s recent allegations that previous governments in Jammu and Kashmir provided jobs to terrorists and their families and facilitated one lakh backdoor appointments.
“Natural justice is not that relatives are punished for the crimes of someone else. Nobody is advocating that hardcore militants should be given Government jobs but it is also wrong to punish somebody just because they are unfortunately related to a terrorist,” Omar maintained.
While responding to Lt Governor Sinha’s statement that 47 employees were dismissed for anti-national activities, Omar said, “I am not going into a war of words. If for lakhs of appointments, all you can find is a list of 47 then that is next to nothing.”
Accusing the JK UT Administration of playing with the future of job aspirants by engaging a tainted company to conduct recruitment examinations, former Chief Minister said, “We want an inquiry how APTECH, which is blacklisted across the country, was given a contract and where the scams had taken place.”
“We heard the contract was cancelled but the youth are still not happy. You (LG) need to reassure the youth,” the former J&K Chief Minister said, alleging that the Jammu and Kashmir administration is not making any attempt to resolve the issues of the people.
Meanwhile, Omar came in defence of senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks “women are still being sexually assaulted”, saying he did not say anything wrong and there is nothing unusual in his statement.
“Is this not a fact that sexual violence is prevalent in India. Do we need Rahul Gandhi to tell us that. Open any newspaper, do we not hear cases of rape so what did Rahul Gandhi say that is so unusual,” Omar asked.
Earlier, addressing large rally Omar said NC remains the only credible voice of Jammu and Kashmir, having deep rooted and credible footprints across Jammu, Pir Panjal, Chenab and Kashmir regions.
Omar said, “Today’s function has refuted the notion that there is no presence of NC in the plains of Jammu and that NC was only existent in Kashmir. Again, people have rejected such false propaganda and showed how deep rooted NC is across all the regions of J&K. It’s not an individual who the people support, it’s the vision and mission of our party that the people connect to”.
The public rally was organized by Shamim Begum DDC Dansal and Ch Rehmat BDC Chairman Nagrota.