Chief minister Omar Abdullah said with new democratically elected government in Pakistan, the relations between the two neigbouring nations are set to move in a positive direction.
"The nature of campaigning by various political parties in Pakistan during electioneering indicates healthy change in the mindset of politicians of that country towards the Kashmir issue and Indo-Pak relations", said Omar.
Addressed a meeting organised by the All-India Batwal Welfare Association, he said tension between the two countries disturbed peace and tranquility, besides affecting economic activities and development process in the state adversely.
Omar said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had initiated various initiatives in building confidence between the two countries and hoped that the new government in Pakistan would exhibit similar friendly spirit towards confidence building and resolution of issues peacefully.
The chief minister said Jammu and Kashmir had witnessed dark periods of violence and bloodshed and disturbances had inflicted great loss on life and property and marred the process of development and economic welfare severely.
"Dialogue is the only way forward to resolve issues, as wars fought by India and Pakistan had not solved any problem and violence has only given wounds," said Omar.
Highlighting the teaching of Lord Buddha "desires give gloom", the chief minister said the lessons of non-violence and creating evil-free society taught by Lord Buddha are equally relevant today.
He said desires and the lust for accumulating more wealth and property make the human beings indulge in corruption, dishonesty, malpractices and illegal means of amassing money. He referred to the recent match-fixing reports in IPL and substantiated his statement by saying that greed for money has brought dishonour, disrespect and disrepute to those allegedly involved in this unwholesome affair.
On the demand of another administrative block for RS Pura, Omar said the two assembly constituencies in the area having only one block calls for early attention.
Planning minister Ajay Sadhotra, NC Jammu province president Devender Singh Rana, MLA SS Slathia, Legislators Rachpal Singh and Dr Shahnaz Ganai and various local leaders were present on the occasion.