Azad promises economic development in Kashmir
19 November 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Sunday said his government will show zero tolerance toward corruption and promised to focus on economic development.'We have to move from political sloganeers to economic development,' he said at a Congress rally in Parade Ground here to mark the 89th birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated in October 1984.'My direction is to liberate Kashmir from the shackles of poverty, backwardness, unemployment and corruption,' he said. 'That is my agenda and I will fulfill it. I am going to be around for decades to come, at least two decades.'Union Water Resources Minister Saif-ud- Din Soz, Pradesh Congress Committee president Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed were also persent at the rally.Azad sought the people's cooperation in carrying forward his 'development-oriented agenda' and asked all political groups to cooperate with him in shaping Jammu and Kashmir as an investment-friendly place with uninterrupted power supply, smooth roads, high-quality education and a booming economy.