From Kashmir, chief minister Omar Abdullah made an address to New Delhi saying "millions and billions of money won't fetch any practical solution to the Kashmir issue."
"It (Kashmir) is a political issue and needs to be addressed politically by involving its stakeholders into a meaningful dialogue process. The stakeholders need to work on all fronts, said Omar in central Kashmir's Budgam district in a public rally on Tuesday.
"Until this issue remains hanging, nobody can breathe freely. Spending millions and billions won't fetch us any viable solution to Kashmir," he added.
In his first public speech after shifting capital to Srinagar for the summer on Monday, Omar said, "he cannot afford to sideline the Kashmir issue."
"Macadamization of roads, providing electricity to the far flung areas and recruitment of unemployed youth...that never means Kashmir hasn't remain an issue," said Omar.
In the same breath, Omar said he was ready to face separatists. "Let the people decide who is going to represent them. In 1996, the then chief minister (Farooq Abdullah) is on record saying that if the Hurriyat leaders were ready to contest the elections, the assembly will be dissolved to facilitate their participation," said the chief minister.
Talking about futility of militancy, Omar said, "The gun has never been solution to any problem and will never be so in future."
Reiterating his support to Indo-Pak initiative, Omar said, "When our prime minister invited Pakistan president to India, ours was the first party from Kashmir to welcome the efforts. We have never raised any slogans or assured people that things will change overnight. We never believe in false promises but it was our party who made efforts to welcome people who had crossed borders," he said.
He made an appeal to people to extend their support in maintaining peace.
"We are not of that grain who would invent slogans and cry hoarse on crucial issues. We believe in working on ground and making the importance of issues felt by all," said Omar.
Saying that the dividends of peaceful 2011 are visible before us, Omar said, "In a peaceful atmosphere the growth of economy and fast track development is certain."