Says Jamma & Kashmir in favour of continuous India-Pakistan dialogue
Poonch, April 27. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today blamed Pakistan for sabotaging the rehabilitation policy of the state government even as he said that his government would adopt some other way to bring back misguided youth who had crossed over to Pakistan for militant training.
Addressing a public meeting in the Mandi area of Poonch, Omar said: “We are committed to resolving the J&K issue politically once and for all. The misguided youth in Pakistan want to come back but Pakistan is not allowing them to do so in the right way. Now, we will adopt some other way to bring them back; our intention is clear and we are committed to rehabilitating them so that they can live with dignity.”
“The Kashmir issue is a political one and can only be resolved politically. In this regard we are in favour of a continuous dialogue between India and Pakistan,” Omar said, adding that the internal dialogue between the state and the Centre was also of significant importance.
The Chief Minister said the National Conference had always supported good India-Pakistan relations and wanted a political settlement of political issues in a peaceful and friendly atmosphere.
“I have repeatedly stated that economic development cannot resolve and replace the political issues. Both have their significance and need to be addressed separately and in specific spectrums,” he said while assuring people that he would continue his endeavours towards prosperity and permanent peace in the state. He wanted a tranquil and conducive atmosphere where the gun would be totally irrelevant and absurd.
Omar asked party workers to spread awareness about the path-breaking initiatives taken up by the government during the last three years to bring development and peace in the state.
“Others are selling the initiatives and achievements your government has registered,” Omar told his party workers. He asked them to make people aware of the “historic public empowerment measures of the government such as the Public Service Guarantee Act, Right to Information Commission, Accountability Commission and Vigilance Commission”.
Omar asked the workers to remain pro-active in getting public grievances noted and redressed by the administration. “Your rapport with people at the grass roots should be regular and constant. Help them with their genuine grievances and development,” he advised the workers and asked them to work jointly with the coalition partner to help fulfil the aspirations of the people.
National Conference provincial president Rattan Lal Gupta, Vice-Chairman of the Pahari Advisory Board Mushtaq Ahmad Bukhri and MLA Aijaz Ahmad Jan were present on the occasion.