Asserting that people along the bordering belts of Jammu and Kashmir want peace, chairman Anjuman Minhaje Rasool, Maulana Athar Dehlavi on Tuesday asked the Centre and the state government to focus on overall development of the state than developing relations with neighbouring Pakistan.
"The central and state governments instead of focusing on Pakistan, should take care of development of all the three regions in Jammu and Kashmir," Dehlavi told reporters here this morning.
Dehlavi was on a four-day visit to bordering Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu region.
He said people of the state especially those living along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border, want to live in peace.
"People feel that if peace is restored by them, then there is no need of holding dialogue with Pakistan," he said adding that peace should not be restored in the state at the cost of development in the state.
"For the last six months, we conducted surveys of the bordering areas of the state and found that 90 per cent of the population wants peace and harmony," Dehlavi added.
People feel secure within the country but they are still deprived of good road conditions, basic amenities, health and education facilities and employment opportunities.
"Government should take care of people's needs rather than focusing on maintain good relations with Pakistan as it can be done anytime," he said.
He however demanded that the contents of the Interlocutors Report be made public.