March 2006 News

India, Pak now working to resolve Kashmir issue: Omar

24 March 2006
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah today said that India and Pakistan have realised their past mistake and the heads of both the countries were now working to find a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir issue. 'Kashmir is a political issue which cannot be resolved by money or providing electricity to people,' he said. However, the NC would continue to support the restoration of 1953 position and greater autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir for lasting peace in the sub-continent, he added. Addressing the first public meeting at Sallar in Pahalgam area of south Kashmir after his return from Pakistan where he met President Pervez Musharraf, Mr Abdullah, said realising their past mistakes, the heads of India and Pakistan have decided to find a lasting solution to the issue which has brought death and destruction in the State. Mr Abdullah said that President Musharraf agreed that gun is no solution to the Kashmir issue. 'During my meeting with the President, I brought into his notice the death and destruction caused by the gun in the Valley,' the former Minister of State for External Affairs said. The NC believes that restoration of the pre- 1953 State was a viable solution to the problem, he said, adding that he will be traveling to all parts of the State to inform the people about his engagement in Pakistan and the stand of Pakistan Government on the Kashmir issue. Welcoming the Amritsar-Nankana bus service, he said this will help to bring the people of both the countries more close. The people living on both sides of the Line of Control are united and nobody can divide them, he said.


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