Omar aide pitches for lifting of negative travel advisory on Kashmir


Srinagar, July 17: A senior aide of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today appealed the United States to consider relaxing the negative travel advisory to its citizens for travel to the state.
 "The United States should consider relaxing the travel advisory for the state keeping in view the peace, progress and security situation in the Valley," Omar's Political Secretary Tanvir Sadiq told a team of visiting US diplomats here.
 Deputy Counsellor for Political Affairs Gautam A Rana and Political Advisor to US Embassy in New Delhi Dinesh Dubey called on Sadiq at his residence here.
 The Political Secretary said the State has “undergone a very difficult phase and due to the efforts of the government and cooperation of the people, peace and normalcy have become a reality.”
 Emphasizing the need for “taking the peace process further by addressing political issues of the state politically” Tanvir said, “the National Conference has always been a votary of cordial Indo-Pak relations.”
 While referring to the “crucial need of engaging Pakistan in productive dialogue”, he said the beneficiaries of the good neighbourly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad would be the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
 Tanvir said: “The party has been demanding opening Jammu-Silakote, Kargil-Skardu, Nowshera-Changar, Sagra –Tatapani Mendla and  Titwal route.”
 He said that the party has been “advocating strengthening trade across the LoC and replacing barter trade with the financial transaction to make it more transparent, healthier and fruitful as also to make the movement of the people across the LoC easy and smooth.”
 He talked about the new initiatives taken by his government for skill development and enhancing employability of youth.
 He also talked about government's efforts in the sectors of power, education, healthcare, road communication, water supply, agriculture, horticulture, industries and tourism.
 Tanvir also gave a resume of the initiatives taken to diversify the tourism sector showcasing new areas of interest including adventure, sports and pilgrim tourism.
The US diplomats, according to a statement issued here today, while “showing keen interest in the new initiatives put in place by the Omar-led Government for speedy and equitable development in all the regions and sub-regions of the State, and for restoration of permanent peace and political stability in the State” assured that “all the issues raised with regards to the Travel advisory will be looked into positively.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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