Not expecting much: Omar
Jammu, Apr 7: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said that he was not expecting much from the meeting to be held between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's in New Delhi.
“We don't have many expectations. It's a system. I think we ourselves weaken the system when we think that one meeting would solve all the problems. We only hope that this continuous dialogue process continues between the two countries”, Omar Abdullah told media persons on the sideline of an official function here today.
Hoping that the talks between the two sides are held in cordial and peaceful manner, the Chief Minister said that there were various issues which should be taken forward. “We have some Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) which needed to be strengthened-- which includes cross-LoC bus services and cross-LoC trade,” Omar said.
“One of the things is to talk to each other (between the people on the two side of LoC) and second, to replace the barter system of trade with other financial terms or letter of credits should be a mechanism for trading”, he said.
“Our rehabilitation policy under which we want return and rehabilitation of the youth who had gone for arms training across the border and want to come back -- they should be allowed to return,” he said adding that the biggest point is that India and Pakistan should hold talks with each other and they should talk in a conducive and congenial atmosphere and that will resolve even the biggest issues.
Omar also hoped that the two sides will also discuss the spurt in incidents of cross-border infiltration. "We hope that cross-border infiltration, the reports of which we get from time to time-- would be taken up during the talks,” he said.
AFSPA TROOPS REDUCTION TO BE DISCUSSED WITH HM:
Omar Abdullah said that he will discuss Armed Forces Special Powers Act and troop reduction in Jammu and Kashmir with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram when the latter visits the state on April 10.
Chidambaram is scheduled to chair a high-level security review meeting in Jammu to discuss the preparedness of state police and paramilitary forces ahead of summer.
“This is a routine visit of the Home Minister to the State during which he will review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir”, the chief minister said adding, “We would also like to discuss some government related issues with him during his visit.”
Favouring to make the report of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir public, he said, “We desire that interlocutors’ report should be made public and talks should be held on it– after that its recommendations should be implemented,” Omar said.
He said, “AFSPA would be talked about. The ongoing issues with the government of India, particularly force reduction would be talked about.”
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