E-inaugurates 56 bridges in Udhampur, launches 56 more
Udhampur: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday welcomed the Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan.
Replying to the questions of media-persons on the sidelines of a function in Udhampur, the Chief Minister said that J&K will benefit immensely if the two neighbours come together and engage in a meaningful dialogue. “I hope the two neighbours will be able to break ice so that lasting peace is established in the region,” she observed.
The Chief Minister said Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and added that majority of the Muslims, barring a few, believe in peaceful coexistence, including the Muslims of India. “This is the reason why Indian Muslims are respected all over the world despite a cloud of suspicion hovering over Muslims at the global level. “It pains me when I see hapless people in Syria, Libya and Pakistan being sucked into the vortex of violence for no fault of theirs,” she added.
Mehbooba Mufti said she was happy that despite Pathankot incident, the two countries have carried forward their engagement which indicates their commitment to firmly entrench peace in the region.
Describing terrorism as a global phenomenon not confined to one region or nation, Mehbooba Mufti said internationally countries are coming together to jointly fight the threat of terror. “Terrorism is a global concern and is spreading its tentacles far and wide, even into Europe. I think the widening gap between rich and poor and the lack of employment opportunities are fuelling instability which we are witnessing now,” she said, while citing the example of US-Iran rapprochement after several decades of confrontation.
Meanwhile the Chief Minister e-inaugurated 56 small bridges (footbridges) under Project Rahat, in Udhampur.
Describing bridges as key component of rural infrastructure, Mehbooba Mufti, Friday promised to break new ground in annihilating distances and adding value to life of people living in remote and inaccessible areas of the state.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal K. Singh, Minister for Rural Development, Law & Justice, Abdul Haq Khan, Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar, Legislators, Pawan K. Gupta, D. N. Baghat and R. S. Pathania were also present on the occasion.
Seeking people’s cooperation in putting J&K firmly on the path of development by good governance, the Chief Minister said the Coalition Government wants to bring the three distinct regions of the state together on one platform so that it reaches out to over one billion people of the country unitedly.
Drawing the attention of the people towards the industrial scenario in the state, the Chief Minister said she has flagged ‘Skill Development’ as a major area of intervention. She said I&C Department will start mapping skills of local human resource as per the requirement of the big investors who venture into the state.