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Mar 30, 2013 at 09:37am IST

Liaqat arrest a failure of J&K surrender policy, admits Omar Abdullah

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has admitted that the row over the arrest of terrorist Liaqat Ali has been a failure of his surrender policy. But, speaking to CNN-IBN, Omar claimed there is no clash between the state and the Centre, but only between the Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir Police. Following is the transcript of an extract from the interview:

Suhasini Haidar: Here was a man who came because you had lured him in almost saying that this is our surrender terrorist policy, here is a man who came in thinking he is safe, and then was arrested. Isn't this in a sense a failure of your policy, since it was your policy, since it was your call to surrender terrorists?

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Omar Abdullah: Well, yes, if you put it that way, clearly the policy hasn't worked in this instance. That having been said it has to be put into perspective more than 200 people have come back, so in 200 plus cases of people returning this is the first time that we've had an incident where two different police forces have taken two different points of view. It shouldn't have happened. I think corrective measures will be put into place. This is an evolving policy.

Suhasini Haidar: The Jammu and Kashmir government and the Centre are at cross purposes, you're constantly in a battle as to whose version should be taken?

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Omar Abdullah: No, I don't think so. In this case it's the Delhi Police and the J&K Police that have given divergent points of view. The Government of India hasn't taken a position on this, which is absolutely the right thing to do. Given that they are not sure whose point of view is the correct one, they've done the absolute right thing which is to hand it over to the NIA and let the facts speak for themselves. We're not at cross purposes with the Centre on this.