Omar endorses Umar on JK unification

‘We Also Want LoC To Be Made Irrelevant’


Jammu, Dec 17: Supporting Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s demand for unification of two parts of Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said that his party and government have all along been demanding opening of more cross-border routes and making Line of Control irrelevant for free movement of people and trade.
“Mirwaiz has said nothing new which has not been raised in the past. It was part of the four-point formula of General Parvez Musharraf - making LoC irrelevant,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. He was replying to media queries regarding the separatist leader's demand made during his ongoing visit to Pakistan. Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is leading a delegation to Pakistan, had on Sunday sought unification of two Kashmirs as a single entity.
“Some time back Farooq Abdullah had also said that, if nothing else, the LoC should be deemed permanent and hence made irrelevant so that people can move across easily,” the Chief Minister said.
India and Pakistan Friday sealed an agreement to ease tough visa restrictions for travelers as the nuclear-armed neighbours move slowly to rebuild relations that soured in 2008 after Mumbai attack. The agreement was signed by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik.
“Even we are making the same attempt and since the borders between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, Poonch and Rawalakote have been opened, on the same lines more routes can be and should be opened, like from Jammu or from Kargil to Skardu. Many routes are there to be opened,” Omar Abdullah said.

The Chief Minister said his government was examining the report submitted by the probe panel on the damage to the Legislature Complex here. “A committee has surveyed the building. They have submitted the interim report. We will examine the report and arrive at a conclusion where to hold the session (budget session). If it is not felt suitable for (conducting the session in) existing complex, alternate arrangements would be done,” Omar said replying to questions on the venue of next budget session in view of collapse of a part of Legislature Complex on the night of December 10.
The panel, in its report, has declared part of the building unsafe.
Replying to another query about the avalanche that struck Siachen Glacier, the Chief Minister said that disaster relief units have been activated.

The Chief Minister admitted lack of adequate medical facilities in the state but said that it were the doctors who have failed to perform their duties despite best infrastructure provided by the government.
Abdullah said: “We are nowhere close to giving proper healthcare to the people of the state. Doctors and para-medics are not delivering despite being provided with latest equipments, generators, training and everything.”
Referring to two infant deaths in a Baramulla hospital in north Kashmir, the Chief Minister said: “It is a matter of anguish that both the infants died due to cold even though the hospitals have been provided with generators and staff given specialized training.”
“If the doctors and nurses are getting salaries but are not performing their duties, they should leave jobs and not make a joke of the system," he said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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