Omar for dialogue to achieve ‘permanent peace’

Jammu: Asserting that gun is no answer to any problem and wars have never solved any issue but created many, Chief Minister Omar Abdulalh stressed on the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan to address issues affecting the state, in his speech on the eve of Republic Day.
Extending heartiest greetings to people on the Republic Day, Omar prayed for peace, prosperity and progress of the state and country and the well-being of the people, in his message to be telecast Sunday.
“There is a need for restoring dialogue between India and Pakistan and particular political groups in the state and the Centre so that issues are addressed in a peaceful manner,” Omar said.
“Gun is no answer to any problem and wars have never solved any issue but created many,” Omar said, and referred to his repeated efforts to facilitate internal and external dialogue on political issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir.
Maintaining that “peace is of paramount importance to carry forward development”, he said it has helped in attracting large number of tourists to the state.
Mentioning the Rehabilitation Policy, he said 380 youths have returned from PaK and his government would continue to help their rehabilitation and return.
On the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the state, Omar said his government has taken many initiatives and claimed that 1,500 boys and girls of the community were given jobs in the Valley.
The Chief Minister stressed on the significance of 2014 as elections are to be held at the Parliamentary and Assembly levels this year and appealed to people to exercise their franchise in large numbers.
Recalling that his government had completed five years after taking over on January 5, 2009, he said although remarkable progress has been achieved, more remains to be done to achieve permanent peace and prosperity.