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Omar appeals for peace, political resolution of Kashmir issue

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today asked all stakeholders to make an effort for political resolution of the Kashmir issue while appealing to civil society to help restore peace in the state.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2010 20:24 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday asked all stakeholders to make an effort for political resolution of the Kashmir issue while appealing to civil society to help restore peace in the state.

"We have been strong votaries of dialogue both internal as well as external to help resolve issues," he said while chairing a meeting of prominent citizens, representatives of traders, house boat owners, artisans and members of the civil society here.

Most parts of Kashmir valley have witnessed incidents of violence and stone pelting since June 28 by locals to protest the killing of three youths allegedly in firing by security forces.

Underlining the importance of restoring the dialogue process, he said that in a democratic setup expression of views is the right of every citizen.

However, he said that anger should not be expressed by throwing stones and disturbing law and order as there are other democratic methods of registering protest.

"Maintenance of law and order and tranquillity is the responsibility of both the citizens and the government," he said adding both should complement each other in this task.

"I appeal civil society to move hand in hand with the government and be watchdogs of his government and suggest wherever a course correction is required," he said.

The Chief Minister said while the government is determined to discipline the security forces and book the violators of human rights, it is the responsibility of the senior citizens to play their role in influencing those who indulge in stone pelting.

He said Kashmir issue needs political resolution and this can only happen when all the stakeholders make an effort in right earnest to find a solution.

Omar said that his resolve to address the Kashmir issue politically came out forthrightly in his speech that he made before the Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson on the occasion of inauguration of Qazigund-Anantnag Railway track.

"I categorically said that Kashmir problem is a political one and it needed a political solution. Economic packages can have their role but these alone cannot address the aspirations of the people of the state," he said.

Omar said that strikes and law and order disturbances mar career of students and thereby effect their future prospects. The Chief Minister said that rumour mongers and people with vested interests take advantage of such situations and add fuel to the fire. "We have to be cautious about such elements, identify them and isolate them."

The Chief Minister impressed upon the members of civil society for the need to rise to the occasion and help in restoration of peace and order in the state. "Peace is a must to enable us to move forward on all fronts whether political, social, economic or developmental," he said.