January 2000 News

Farooq pledges to steer J&K to era of peace

25 January 2000
Daily Excelsior

JAMMU, Jan. 25: Pledging to steer the state to new era of peace and normalcy, Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah has asserted the nation's determination to foil nefarious Pak designs on Jammu and Kashmir.

"No power on earth should undermine the strength of Indian nation and valour of its armed forces to defend territorial integrity of the country,'' Dr Abdullah said in a message greeting the people on Republic Day.

Pakistan is trying its worst to escalate militancy in the state by pushing in mercenaries and arsenal to target innocent citizens, he said, adding the people understand their machinations and are determined to face the challenge unitedly. "Enemy is detined to fail and nobody can stop us to usher in an era of peace,'' he added.

Referring to the endeavours being made to rebuild the state, which suffered colossal damage during militancy, and to steer it to new vistas of progress and development the Chief Minister said despite financial constraints much headway has been achieved in the reconstruction of infrastructure and putting various sectors on rails. He reiterated his Government's resolve to provide equal opportunities of progress to all the three regions of the state.

Dr Abdullah referred to the participation of people in democratic exercise several times in the past three years and said the Government is keen to take democracy at grass roots level. He mentioned about the forthcoming Panchayati elections and said that these primary democratic units would be fully empowered to take decisions about priorities of development at the local levels. The Panchayats have to be effective instrument in monitoring developmental activities at grass roots levels, he added.

Complimenting armed forces, police and para-military forces for meeting the challenge posed by the enemy with fortitude and valour, the Chief Minister expressed confidence that they will carry out anti-militancy operations with their full might and rid the state from the menace of terrorism. He called upon people to rededicate themselves to nation building activities and further strengthen the bonds of amity and brotherhood.


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