Saturday, September 25, 2010


New Delhi, Sep 25: Welcoming the Centre's eight-point initiative for Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said it was a positive development which should lead to resolving the political issues of the state.
"The Centre's Kashmir formula is a positive development and must lead to a resolution to all political issues of Jammu and Kashmir," Omar told reporters here.
The Chief Minister said work on some of the issues announced after the CCS had already begun and expressed the hope that the schools and colleges will reopen from Monday and students booked for stone-pelting will be released soon.
On convening of the Unified Headquarters meeting, he said it will be done sometime next week during which a thorough discussion on decreasing the footprint of security forces in main towns, including Srinagar, will be discussed besides withdrawal of "disturbed areas" act in few places
would be discussed.
"While saying so, I would not build hope that results will be expected in the first meeting itself. It may take time and there may be many rounds before arriving at a consensus," he said.
While acknowledging the role of the army, Omar made it clear that "the view point of the army cannot be ignored but at the same time, their view point cannot be accepted unilaterally".
Omar said the Centre's eight-point initiative was a positive development and the appointment of interlocutors to start dialogue with civil society was a welcome step.
He said he understood his responsibilities as the chief minister of the state and he would try his best to take forward the Centre's formula and do the needful on the behalf of the state government.


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