Omar Abdullah welcomes Indo-Pak dialogue

Jammu: Welcoming Indo-Pak dialogue, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that good relations between the two neighbours are sine-quo-non for peace and progress in the sub-continent.

"We welcome Indo-pak dialogue. The thaw in ties between the two countries and peace in the area always accrue dividends to Jammu and Kashmir," he said, expressing best wishes for the successful progress of talks.

Omar said his government worked for better Indo-Pak relations and supported peaceful settlement of all issues between the two countries through a process of sustained dialogue. "We will continue to work in this direction."

Addressing the newly elected panchayat members of Surankote, Poonch and Mendhar Assembly constituencies of Poonch district at three separate functions after inaugurating 4-day orientation training camps at these places, the Chief Minister said that peace is a must to address all issues of social, economic and political nature.

Congratulating people of the state for their large scale participation in panchayat polls, the Chief Minister said that a high level committee under the Chief Secretary has identified the road map for transfer of functions, functionaries and funds to the panchayats and this would be announced soon after the Cabinet approval.