Wednesday, September 1, 2010


New Delhi, September 01 :- The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that the only way forward in the valley is the political way forward. In his 45 minutes meeting with the Union Home Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram, here today, Omar emphasized the need for political initiatives which he has been emphasizing and reiterating over the last eighteen months to assuage the feelings of the people.
The Chief Minister reiterated the need to have a re-look at the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) and take suitable steps for its amendment / revocation.
He also made out a strong case for the Union Government to consider relocation of armed forces in the areas where it is not required, on need basis.
Omar urged the Union Government to announce a comprehensive employment package for the six lakh unemployed youth of the state.
He also urged the Union Home Minister to formalize a policy to rehabilitate Honourably released militants who have served their terms in jail and want to join the main stream.
The Chief Minister complimented the Union Home Minister for the statements made by him in the both Houses of the Parliament with regard to the state particularly his assertion that Jammu & Kashmir has acceded to India under unique circumstances and so is a unique problem which needs a unique solution.
Omar Abdullah also thanked the Union Government for the support extended by them to the State Government to tackle the prevailing law and order situation in the parts of the valley and hoped that the Union Government will take urgent steps to address the political aspect of the problem which he reiterated is the only way forward.


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