UN observers not needed:Omar

‘Political Issues Can Be Resolved Bilaterally’


Kupwara, Jan 24: Echoing the government of India stance that UN military observers on Kashmir have become redundant and they are no more required, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said that political issues of J&K can be resolved only bilaterally.
Addressing public gatherings at Handwara and Kupwara Thursday, Omar criticized the role played by the UN observers and said their presence in the state has been of no consequence “which is amply clear to all.”
“We know they (United National Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan) remained mute spectators during the saga of militancy as also during the time when LoC was roaring with shelling of guns for a long time”, he said adding the ceasefire on LoC was due to talks and agreement between India and Pakistan and not because of UN observers.
“Addressing of political issues and finding solution to these would be also through the process of dialogue between the two countries. Presence of UNMOGIP is not required for this breakthrough”, he elaborated.
Omar said he would continue to bat for Indo-Pak talks in this regard adding that gun has never been solution to any problem.
Taking a dig at opposition PDP, Omar said politics of deceit has been the party’s trait. “People are wiser enough to read between the lines and understand this kind of politicking”, he said maintaining that National Conference since the time of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah stood for peaceful settlement of political issues through the process of dialogue. “We would continue our endeavor in this regard”, he said adding that gun has never solved any problem but created numerous ones. He said Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was offered gun to carry forward his political roadmap but he denied it vehemently saying gun only creates miseries and serves no purpose which is a universal truth and people of Jammu and Kashmir are witness to it.
On the empowerment of Panchayats, Chief Minister said the powers from 14 departments have already been transferred to Panchayat institutions.
He said elections to Block Development Councils (BDC) for would be held within next two-three months. “This will further empower Panchs and Sarpanchs both on financial and administrative fronts”, he said.
On employment, Omar said 70,000 to 80,000 posts in government departments are being filled up on fast-track basis and a mechanism in this regard has already been formulated. Chief Minister praised Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Mir Saifullah, Kafil-ur-Rehman and Sharief-ud-Din Shariq for nurturing NC in district Kupwara.
He said by inducting Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan and Mir Saifullah in cabinet and giving status of cabinet minister to Kafil-ur-Rehman he has fulfilled the cherished desire of the people of Kupwara. He expressed the hope that all the seats from this district would be bagged by NC in next Assembly polls.
Minister for Higher Education, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Minister for CAPD, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Minister for Law Mir Saifullah, Parliament Member, Sharief-ud-Din Shariq and Provincial President NC, Nasir Aslam Wani also addressed the gathering.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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