Srinagar: Stating that issues of development cannot be made subservient to the final solution of political problems of the state, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister on Thursday regretted that the state suffered a serious setback in its progress due to the summer unrest.
"The resolution of political issues of Jammu and Kashmir is a human duty to be rendered to seek permanent peace and prosperity in the sub-continent," Omar Abdullah said after laying foundation stone of a Degree College at Sumbal in Bandipora district, 30 kms from here. The Chief Minister said, however, the issues of development cannot be made sub-servant to the final solution of political problems. Omar said he has made it clear time and again that the elections, whether of Parliament, state legislature or panchayats, are not an answer to the resolution of political issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
"We do not want to keep anyone in this misconception that by conducting elections we have solved the political issues of Jammu and Kashmir," he said. He said providing electricity, water, good roads, college complexes and modern health institutions are not answer to the political issues.
"(However), I cannot ask my boys and girls not to attend classes, not to play football, not to take part in socio-economic activities. I cannot tell the patients to wait for treatment in good hospitals, neither I can tell the people to sit idle on the process of development till the political issues are addressed," he added. The Chief Minister said Kashmir received severe setback on the development front owing to the summer unrest.