Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference Vice president Omar Abdullah on Friday called ‘The Kashmir Files’ movie a “concocted story” and claimed that “many lies have been projected in the film.”
Omar was speaking to reporters in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district after a party rally.
“If the film is a documentary then it was alright, but the makers have themselves claimed that the movie was based on reality. But the fact is that many lies have been projected in the film,” he said.
“The biggest lie is that when the migration of Kashmiri Pandits took place Farooq Abdullah was running the government here. It was the Governor’s rule and Jagmohan sahib was the Governor. At the Centre, it was the Bharatiya Janata Party -backed government headed by VP Singh.”
The NC vice president said not only Kashmir Pundits migrated and were killed but Muslims and Sikhs too were killed and migrated from the valley and have not yet returned.
Omar said he doesn’t think that those who made this film really want Kashmiri Pandits to come back to their homes. “The picture shows that these people should forever remain out of Kashmir valley,” he said.
Earlier Omar addressing a rally said that an atmosphere of “hatred” is being created against the people of Kashmir by those very people who are talking about strengthening brotherhood in the valley.
“Those who were saying that brotherhood in Kashmir would be further strengthened and the gulf created due to the circumstances would be filled up are trying to disrepute a particular community throughout the world by one way or the other”, Omar said.
He said the common man in Kashmir is not happy with what happened 32 years ago in Kashmir. He was referring to the migration of the Kashmiri Pandits from the valley.
“The authorities at that time took the people of a community from their homes in Kashmir and migrated them to other parts of the country. There was no role of a common Kashmiri man in their exodus”, he said.
Omar said that an image is being created in the world that all the Kashmiris are “fundamentalists” as they do not want to see the people of other religions in the valley. They are trying to malign the image of Kashmir. He said the authorities in Kashmir valley claim there is a peaceful atmosphere and everything is alright.
“But where is the peace…show a corner of Kashmir where people feel they are safe”, he questioned.