Thursday, September 30, 2010


Ganderbal Sep 30 (Only Kashmir): Slamming the separatists who have rejected the Kashmir initiative, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said they have failed to move ahead purposefully on a dialogue with the Centre despite the best efforts of his government.
"I have always flagged the role of separatists in the settlement of political issues of the state and paved the way for dialogue channel between them and the Centre. Separatists, however, never helped in creating a peaceful atmosphere to move ahead on the subject purposefully," he said addressing a 'Gram Sabha' here.
This was the first public meeting addressed by the chief minister in the Valley since the ongoing unrest began on June 11, leaving over 100 dead.
Both the hardline Hurriyat faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the moderates led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq have dismissed the eight-point package announced by the Centre last week to defuse the situation in J-K.
Omar lashed out at separatists saying it was unfortunate that the perpetrators of lockouts and closing down of schools are ensuring education of their children outside the state but do not care for the education of the children of common people.
"Let us feel our responsibilities towards the society and the state and shun the tactics of disturbing peace and marring the education and economy of the state," he said.
Omar called for taking recourse to peaceful political means including a dialogue process for venting political opinions and grievances.
He said his government would facilitate dialogue between the Centre and various shades of opinion in the state while acting as a bridge in improving relations between India and Pakistan.
The chief minister said he has continuously and categorically advocated politically addressing the political issues of the state.


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