Omar Visits IB, Calls For Better Indo-Pak Ties27 February 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Highlighting the importance of good Indo-Pak relations in peace and development, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today reiterated that friends can be changed but not the neighbours. 'We are always for better Indo-Pak relations and have taken many initiatives to this effect', he said and called for positive and visible response from the other side of the border in this regard. Omar was addressing separate gatherings of civil population and BSF jawans at Zero line in R.S. Pura area of Jammu division this afternoon. He alongwith Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and IG, BSF inspected many villages and interacted with people to get first hand appraisal of the difficulties confronting them. The Chief Minister said that violations of ceasefire create lot of difficulties for the people in border areas on the both sides and even result in loss of human lives and damage to the properties. 'While we are taking every care from our side not to indulge in violation of ceasefire, Pakistan should also exhibit its responsibilities in this regard and help maintain truce at borders', he said adding that peace at the borders is for the mutual interests of the two neighbours. 'In the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere at borders farmers can take part in agricultural activities across the borders and carry on their normal process of living', he said adding that friendly ties between the two neighbours is the need of hour. Omar Abdullah told the border people that Government has worked out an arrangement with the BSF for providing rent to the land utilized by the BSF for fencing till the time it is properly acquired by the forces. 'Papers for acquiring the land are being finalized and Divisional Commissioner Jammu is on the job', he said and added that the land owners would get compensation for the land when it is acquired by BSF. Speaking to jawans, the Chief Minister lauded their services for protecting the borders and ensuring peaceful sleep in the nights to the civilians living in villages, towns and cities. 'Your valuable duty during severe winters and hot summers is commendable and we are aware of the sacrifice you give for safeguarding the borders' he told the jawans assuring them all facilities from the State and the Centre Governments to reduce their difficulties.