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Omar rules out power generation ventures with PoK

india Updated: Jul 07, 2011 21:31 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

J-K chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday ruled out any joint venture on power production with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in the near future.

“In the past 20 years no good thing has come from that side of Kashmir. I do not see any indication on the ground for any such project,” said Abdullah at a press conference in Srinagar.

He was replying to a question on former chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s preposition to have joint ventures on power with PoK where J-K can sell or import power between the two parts of Kashmir.

“In fact we (J-K and PoK) are competing with each other. What they call Neelam is Kishen Ganga for us. Let’s sort out this issue first and maybe later we can hope for such joint ventures,” said Abdullah.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party is a strong votary of bringing two parts of Kashmir together through trade, travel, tourism and joint projects.

“I do not see it happening. I wonder what made my predecessor (Mufti Sayeed) to float such ideas. There is no sign on the ground for it,” said Abdullah.