Omar for Indo-Pak talks, expansion of trade across LOC

Rajouri: Favouring restoration of Indo-Pak composite dialogue, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said the coalition government is committed to facilitate talks between Centre and all sections of people in state to find a solution to the Kashmir issue.

Addressing National Conference (NC) workers' conventions at Kotranka and Mendhar in Rajouri and Poonch districts, Abdullah said "our efforts are yielding results positively and the day is not too far when people will see problems getting resolved across the table in an amicable manner".

"We are in favour of Indo-Pak composite dialogue and want the internal situation in Pakistan to settle soon and peace to prevail. We also want the relations between two neighbours to improve fast with borders remaining peaceful and trade and travel across the LoC expanding further," he said.

Stating that his government has prioritised road communication sector for focused attention to open up far-flung areas for all round development, Abdullah said the completion of Mughal Road is on fast track and getting additional Rs 350 crore Central assistant has fulfilled the long-cherished dream of people of the state.

"We hope the road is opened to vehicles next July so that the travel of people from Poonch and Rajouri areas to the valley becomes short and smooth," he said.

On recently announced Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY), the Chief Minister said for the first time a comprehensive policy for unemployed has been formulated to address the problem and nurture skill development along with increasing employability of youth.

Abdullah also asked the people to prepare themselves for large scale participation in the upcoming panchayat elections.

"This will give you an opportunity to elect your representative at grassroots and get your development needs fulfilled," he said.