Guns must go: Omar
‘Don’t Want Militant, Army Gun In Kashmir’
Poonch, Apr 27: Saying that the National Conference was the only party which has launched a campaign to silence the gun - both from militant and army side – in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday said his government was committed to implement the militant Rehabilitation Policy “by all means” despite objections from various corners.
“NC is the only party that wants to get rid of the gun culture in the state. It is our mission to see not only the gun from the militant side falling silent but also from the army and paramilitary forces”, Omar said, at a public meeting, on the last leg of his three day tour of twin border district of Rajouri and Poonch, here today.
The Chief Minister said that the shadow of gun from the state would be removed once for all when the political issues of Jammu and Kashmir are addressed and resolved amicably. “In this regard we are in favour of continuous dialogue between India and Pakistan”, he said adding that the internal dialogue between the State and the Centre is also of significant importance.
“I have repeatedly stated that the 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 assuring the people that he will continue his endeavor towards prosperity and permanent peace of the state and creating a tranquil and conducive atmosphere where gun will be totally irrelevant and absurd.
The Chief Minister said that his government was committed for the return and rehabilitation of “misguided youth, who had crossed to the other side of border but want to return to live dignified life”. “Pakistan is seriously objecting the move of the state government and we are trying to overcome the hurdles in the process”, he said adding, “However, we are committed to implement the Rehabilitation Policy by all means”.
The Chief Minister asked for wholehearted and overwhelming support of the masses in his two-pronged policy of seeking prosperity and political stability with all round development in the State. “Your support is necessary in the success of my efforts”, he stressed.
Omar asked the people to strengthen the State’s pluralistic ethos and fail the nefarious designs of the vested interests aimed at dividing society in the name of region, religion and caste. “Certain elements are bent upon dividing you on various counts including those of region and religion”, he told the people asking them to exhibit their unity against such elements.
“You will come across a set of people who try to divide you for their self interests and disturb the tranquility and development process in the State”, he said. He said when peace is disturbed in any part of the State its bad effects and ramifications are felt all across. “All of us are equal stakeholder in peace and development, as such, we have to be cautious against those who attempt at creating law and order situation”, he maintained.
Reminding the workers of the glorious history of National Conference and its commitment to harmony and amity along with equitable development in all the three regions of the State, the Chief Minister said that efforts are on to bring about socio-economic transformation in the State along with peace and political stability.
Omar asked the workers to disseminate information about the initiatives taken by the government during last three years on development and peace fronts. “Others are selling the initiatives and achievements your government has registered”, he told the workers asking them to make people aware of the historic public empowerment measures of the government including those of enactment of Public Service Guarantee Act, Panchayat Raj, Right to Information Commission, Accountability Commission and Vigilance Commission.
Earlier, the Chief Minster inaugurated Power Grid Station at Chandak, involving Rs 13.88 crores. The commissioning of this Grid Station would accrue immediate benefit to the inhabitants of Chandak, Lasana, Mandi, Loran, Haveli, Bandi, Cheechiana and adjacent areas.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 27 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 27 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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