Good relations between India and Pakistan are imperative for peace
and development and both countries should join hands to fight
terrorism and help cultivate peace for larger interests of people,
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said.
Asserting that the state
always had been a recipient of the dividends of thaw in Indo-Pak
relations, Omar underlined the need for free trade and travel across
the LoC to enhance economic activities and broad-base peoples
Addressing a well-attended public meeting in this bordering village,
the Chief Minister stressed on brotherly Indo-Pak relations and said
dialogue between the two countries in a friendly atmosphere will
pave the way for settling all issues and contributing for lasting
peace in the sub-continent.
"In the last 60 years, we have
witnessed three and half wars between the two countries without
yielding any positive result. This highlights the need for
addressing the issues peacefully," he said.
The Chief Minister said the bad
affects of gun and violence have engulfed Pakistan and there is
immediate need for that country to join hands with India to fight
terrorism and help cultivate peace for larger interests of the two
Omar welcomed the Centre's recognition of the fact that the
accession of the state to India had taken place under unique
circumstances, necessitating addressing of political issues of the
state in a special manner.
He also welcomed Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh's statement on the issue of autonomy and said time
has provided a historic opportunity to the people of the state to
take the advantage of this.
On the present law and order situation in some parts of the Valley,
he said stone pelting and violence will never prove prudent for
anyone to ventilate his opinion and stress on the issues.
"We have undergone a saga of militancy
and we know it has yielded nothing for us," he said and appealed to
all shades of the people to help restore normalcy and work for
peaceful settlement of political issues on table.
"When dialogue process is available, why to resort to stone-pelting
and hartals?" he said.
"We have promised to be facilitators
in the talks at internal and external levels and my government is
actively involved in it," he added.
The Chief Minister expressed sorrow over the economic losses in
recent torrential rains in this border area and said government will
take every measure to rehabilitate affected families.
He announced six months ration for the
affected families and special recruitment drive for the youth of the