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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Omar pins hope on India-Pak dialogue

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Srinagar, September 28, 2013
First Published: 19:53 IST(28/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:54 IST(28/9/2013)

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday expressed hope that the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif would prove fruitful.

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 "Our eyes are presently at the summit room in New York, where the two leaders will be talking," he said referring to several attempts made to derail the dialogue.

He said the recent terrorist attacks in Hira Nagar and Samba were aimed at disrupting Manmohan Singh-Nawaz meet in New York.

"We have observed that whenever the atmosphere for talks between the two countries is built and schedules are out in this regard, terrorist attacks or something most untoward is created to sabotage the talking process," he said showering praises on Manmohan Singh saying that despite being under so much pressure, he went ahead to talk with his counterpart in New York, defeating the designs of inimical and anti-dialogue elements, who always conspire and attempt to disrupt talks, when such occasions are created.

Omar Abdullah said that animosity between India and Pakistan has inflicted deep injuries and pain to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Thousands of our youth have lost their lives, Jhelum waters were blooded, every household bore the brunt of the gun, our economy got shattered and people became jobless," he said castigating those who want to sabotage the dialogue process.

Without naming the Bharatiya Janata Party he said that the Prime Minister of this party extended hand of friendship to Gen Musharraf from Srinagar, when scores of people were falling victim to the bullets in the valley.

Omar said that when everyone globally believes and recognises that dialogue was the only way forward to find solution to the issue then everyone should contribute positively to facilitate the dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve all political issues amicably.

He said, though, these issues cannot be solved in a single meeting, yet, talking to each other would help to create a roadmap of carrying forward the meaningful dialogue to a logical conclusion.
Omar Abdullah was addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of Rs. 31-crore parking lot at Lal Chowk and Rs. 351 crore Jahangir Chowk-Natipora flyover in Rambagh here.
 
Says his government committed to make Srinagar a model city

While laying the foundation stone of a flyover in Srinagar, the chief minister listed various development projects launched by his government in Srinagar during the past more than four-and-a-half years.

He said his government has provided highest ever district plans to Srinagar as this district was starving for want of funds when the Opposition ruled.

He said the then government, which is in Opposition at present, even tried to shift Srinagar city to Parihaspora to avenge Srinagar citizens for not supporting the said party (PDP).

He said his government was committed to make Srinagar a model city and an economic hub.

He said that he had approved the most ambitious and huge Srinagar Flyover project around two years ago, but did not lay its foundation because he wanted to rehabilitate shopkeepers and others who got affected by this project.

"We did not want to go in a hurry and snatch bread and butter earning capacity of traders and shopkeepers coming under the project as was done in the case of expansion of Indira Gandhi Road," he said, referring to a shopping mall, which was constructed for the affected shopkeepers of Indira Gandhi Road at Haiderpora Chowk, but none of those were provided shop there.

"I have given clear instructions to the ERA and JKPCC to first rehabilitate shopkeepers and then move forward with the flyover project. It is for this reason the delay took place and now the two shopping malls are almost complete at Rambagh and Exhibition Crossing for allotment to the affected shopkeepers," he said adding that all affected shopkeepers would be allotted shops in these complexes before dismantling their present trade units.


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