"I was often being asked why you ( Kashmiris) consider yourselves separate from the country's mainstream. I asked the question to myself and the answer was quite tough to get," Abdullah said in his speech on the occasion of India's 67th Independence Day here.
"Recently when I thought about Kishtwar (communal violence) and the way it was exploited, I have got an answer to the question. We are different as they treat us differently," he said.
He also the condemned the violence in Kishtwar town.
Abdullah said a judicial commission has been formed to find a truth behind the violence in the town.
"We have formed a judicial commission. The judicial commission will put forward its findings and then we are going to present the facts before the people of this state," he said.
At least three persons were killed as communal violence rocked Kishtwar town last week.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Jammu and Kashmir as India celebrated Independence Day.
Media reports said that curfew was lifted in seven districts on Thursday, while relaxing it for 4 hours in Kishtwar.
However, mobile phone services across the valley were snapped on Thursday as a precautionary measure to prevent militants from using these devices to carry out any subversive activities.
Curfew was clamped in Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Reasi, Udhampur, Rajouri, Doda and Kishtwar districts.
Security forces made the first arrests over the situation that began on Friday, with at least 11 people arrested from the district over the clashes that broke out on the day of Eid killing three persons.
Two policemen were reportedly among those taken in while the government said over 100 people had been arrested in Jammu in connection with the incidents of violence.
--IBNS (Posted on 15-08-2013)