Improved Indo-Pak Ties Will Help J&K, Says Omar

26 January 2009
The Indian Express

Jammu: Underlining that incidents like the Mumbai terror carnage had a direct impact on Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said he hoped that Indo-Pakistan relations would improve and the entire region witnesses peace and development. “When such incidents take places, they impact Jammu and Kashmir directly,” he said referring to the Mumbai attacks and the strained relation between India and Pakistan. However, Abdullah, in his Republic Day message to the people, maintained that “the region will witness peace and development with the improvement in relation between the two countries”. The Chief Minister said it was his dream to make the state developed and prosperous and sought everyone’s cooperation to realise this vision. Promising a responsive, people-friendly and accountable administration, Abdullah said youth were the greatest treasure of any nation and it was imperative that this human resource was properly channelised. Noting that he was fully aware of the problems of the youth as he himself was young, he said the main problem that the state was confronting was unemployment. “The Government is taking quick steps to fill up all the vacancies in the government sector, yet this is not the ultimate solution to tackle unemployment, because there are limited opportunities in the government sector. We have to think ahead and involve the private sector in the creation of job opportunities.” “You are aware that Jammu and Kashmir has passed through a difficult phase and violence...,” Abdullah said, adding that the situation had now improved to a great extent due to the contribution of the people and the security forces. “I have great faith in democracy and I want to carry the Opposition along as in a democratic set up, a positive Opposition is a must,” he said.