Uncle calls India ‘biggest enemy’ of Kashmir, Omar criticises him

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A day after his uncle and National Conference additional general secretary Mustafa Kamal described India, and not Pakistan, as the "biggest enemy" of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that his relatives were making things difficult for him.

"They say never work with animals and children. I think it's safe to add relatives to that list as well. Funny thing is I don't need anyone to make things difficult for me when I have relatives to do it for me," Omar tweeted on Monday.

Addressing party workers at Kishtwar, Kamal, who is Union minister Farooq Abdullah's brother, said that Pakistan has been repeatedly asking India to sign a "no war treaty", but New Delhi has not accepted it so far. "India's adamant posture over the issue is making us feel that it has been our biggest enemy instead of Pakistan," he said, terming it an example of "enmity with us" when the entire world is asking India to settle the Kashmir issue. He also sought more relaxation on the movement of people and goods across the LoC.

Kamal said that the coalition government in the state was a compulsion for the party to keep ally Congress and opposition PDP away from each other. "Had we not entered into a coalition, they would have joined hands and formed the government as they jointly had enough numbers. In that case, they would have led people to disaster. It was due to the anti-people attitude of the Congress and PDP that we entered into a coalition with the former. In the process, the NC has been a sufferer," he said.

Terming the AFSPA as a "black law", Kamal said it has hurt civilians more than the militants.

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