Says Berkeley session was ‘great, substantial’
Srinagar, Apr 20: A video has gone viral which shows some Kashmiri Americans heckle National Conference leader Omar Abdullah when he was coming out from the University of California in Berkley after delivering a speech.
Omar Abdullah termed it a tamasha. “I had a great session at @UCBerkeley & don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. FOUR hecklers (in an audience of 150+) who waited till the event concluded to make YouTube videos of themselves can’t take away from an excellent Q&A session there,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
the entire session online so that the people who’ve seen the short tamasha can see how much substantial stuff happened before that,” he wrote on another tweet.
Omar further said: “And lastly I’ve never claimed to be universally loved or even liked so if 4 people in such a large audience make their dislike known it’s really not such a big deal at all. At least no one threw eggs or a shaving foam pie at me.”
The protesters had accused Omar of being a “war criminal” along with his father and grandfather. There is a brief video clip being shared on the social media offering a brief view of the noisy scenes outside the main gate of a building, the venue where Omar delivered the speech.
The protesters threatened him that they will “drag him to the international criminal court”. They also told him to stop trading Kashmiri lives, stop dirty politics and stop being an “Indian agent”.
The protesting group accused Omar that he has “still blood of innocent Kashmiris on his hands”.
Omar Abdullah had been invited by the University of California for a conversation on The Path Forward In Kashmir. The venue was the Great Hall in the Faculty Club.