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Omar for early engagement of people to address Kashmir issue

With the hope that dialogue with Pakistan will be on track soon, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today favoured early engagement of people of all shades of opinion, including separatists, for addressing the internal aspect of Kashmir issue.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2009 16:27 IST

With the hope that dialogue with Pakistan will be on track soon, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today favoured early engagement of people of all shades of opinion, including separatists, for addressing the internal aspect of Kashmir issue.

He said that India's talks with Pakistan and engagement with the state of Jammu and Kashmir by the Centre should go simultaneously, maintaining that separate talks with Kashmiri people and Pakistan have not been of any help.

Addressing a conference on social and infrastructure development of militancy-hit state, Omar said his state was unique in the country where these issues were "entwined with security and political condition of the state".

"Focus of Central government needs to remain on political aspects of Jammu and Kashmir as well because you cannot divorce this aspect. This is a nibbling issue both internally as well as externally. Some sort of revival of Indo-Pak dialogue has taken place as Pakistan works out to address India's concern on 26/11."