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Posted on Oct 04, 10:03PM | UNI
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today iterated the necessity of addressing political issues of Jammu and Kashmir stressing on initiation of Centre-State internal dialogue.
"While we have to negotiate various challenges on development front and deal with militancy related issues, we have to focus on addressing political issues of the state simultaneously," he said adding that he is advocating this aspect continuously for the larger interest of the Country and the State.
He said the dialogue process between Centre and the State should resume like restoration of Indo-Pak talks.
Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of Z-Morh tunnel on Srinagar-Leh National Highway between Gagangir and Sonamarg this afternoon, the Chief Minister said his grandfather Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Jawaharlal Nehru, Sheikh Abdullah and Mrs Indira Gandhi and his father Dr Farooq Abdullah and Rajiv Gandhi joined hands to resolve political and development issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir and he himself is working towards this goal.
Mr Abdullah expressed the hope that UPA Government would focus on accelerating the process of addressing Jammu and Kashmir centric issues and initiate Centre-State internal dialogue to help strengthen the bonds with the Country and ensure holistic development and welfare of the people in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.
This would also help in strengthening better State-Centre ties, unity and love between all regions of Jammu and Kashmir and permanent peace and progress in the region, he added.
Expressing gratitude to Union Government for actively responding to the demand of the State Government for boring tunnels at Z-Morh and Zojila Pass to ensure all weather, safe connectivity and faster communication to Ladakh region, he expressed confidence that Union Government will show similar gesture regarding other proposed tunnels at Razdan Pass in Gurez, Sadhana Pass in Tangdar, Kishtwar- Violo tunnel, tunnels on Mughal Road and other roads to help linking of remote and cut-off areas.