Omar plans to draw UK link to transform Kashmir

5 April 2009
The Hindustan Times


London: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah plans to draw on his British links to transform the image of the state and reinvent it as a beautiful tourist destination. While urging the international community to support democracy in Pakistan and Washington to facilitate peace between Islamabad and New Delhi, Abdullah, the youngest chief minister in the country, sees his role in keeping things on an even keel. By regenerating the region, Obdullah wants to create the political and economic conditions needed to eradicate terrorism and move towards peace deal between India and Pakistan. Born in England to a British mother, Abdullah spent his first five years in Essex. He has been frequently visiting his mother Mollie and three sisters in the UK. Although only 100 days in office as Chief Minister, 39-year-old Abdullah has a clear vision, The Sunday Times´ observed. Expressing his determination to clean up the Dal Lake in the state, Abdullah said: If you look at the management of the Lake District (in the UK), that's something we would love to be able to replicate (in Dal Lake). Or if you look at the way the UK promoted the Peak District, we could use that for our mountain regions.