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Peaceful 2011 helped development initiatives in Kashmir: Omar

india Updated: Dec 07, 2011 19:17 IST
HT Correspondent

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday attributed his government's development initiative to peace year of 2011 but accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of resorting to politicking over the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

“My initiative regarding the gradual revocation of laws like the AFSPA in the areas where the role of Army has ended, due to the restoration of peaceful situation, relates to the commitments made to people in the Assembly and outside in this regard," said Abdullah in north Kashmir's Bandipora district during launch of 120 crore Wular conservation project.

The chief minister lashed out at the opposition PDP for "politicking on the issue of AFSPA".

"The PDP speaks three different languages at Srinagar, Jammu and New Delhi. While the party favours its revocation in the Valley, it keeps mum at Jammu, and at New Delhi says that the AFSPA should be removed only after Army permits to do so," said Abdullah, while referring to recent statements made by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti in New Delhi at the Hindustan Times conference.

"This political adventurism and double speak is only aimed at vested interests to deceive the people at all the three places," said the chief minister.

Launch the comprehensive management action plan for preservation and conservation of world famous Wular lake, Abdullah said, “Countenancing water resources and bio-diversity of the state amounts to safeguarding our future."

The Chief minister said a mass awareness holds key in the success of plans and programmes launched for protection of environment, water bodies, green wealth and bio-diversity.

Later in the day, the chief minister also laid the foundation for the Rs 14.60 crore hostel building at Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) Complex in south Kashmir's Pampore area.

“While the government is resorting to different courses to provide enhanced job opportunities to the educated youth in government sector, unemployment crisis of the magnitude presently prevailing requires a multi-pronged strategy to deal with," he said.