Normalcy Will Return Soon: Omar

18 January 2009
Greater Kashmir


Ajmer: The chief minister, Omar Abdullah, has said the incidents of violence have declined in the state and a further improvement was expected in the months to come. Talking to reporters here last evening, Omar said his state had badly borne the brunt of militancy. “My state is lagging behind in development by at least 20 years. However, it is a matter of satisfaction that the people of the state had sent a clear and firm message for peace to the militants and disruptive forces through the just concluded Assembly polls. Now I am confident that the peace and normalcy will return to my state very soon,” Omar said. “My government is committed for early restoration of normalcy and fast development in the state, and working on special 100 days programme to accelerate development and streamline the administration is part of the programme,” he added. On India’s relations with Pakistan he said,’’ India certainly wants peace and friendship with the neighbour but this could be possible only through bilateral efforts and will.’