KARGIL: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Saturday hoped the remarks made by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, about Kashmir during his Aug 15 speech would bring about a welcome change in the J&K as it had done during the tenure of former Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee.
Addressing a public meeting at Hussaini Park here on Saturday, the Chief Minister recalled the turnaround Jammu & Kashmir witnessed after 2002 and how many people friendly steps were taken which improved the situation between India and Pakistan and within Jammu and Kashmir. She hoped that the acrimony between Indian and Pakistan would give way to peace and friendship in the near future.
Mehbooba Mufti said her party has been advocating dialogue, reconciliations and peaceful means of conflict resolution ever since its inception and during its earlier regime in 2002, her party got it executed on the ground to a large extent, an official statement said.
Pitching strongly for opening more historic routes across LoC, Mehbooba Mufti said that she has taken up opening of Kargil-Skardu road with Government of India and exuded confidence that with the opening of the road, Jammu & Kashmir would become hub of economic activities as it would act as gateway to Central Asia. The Chief Minister said her party had promised construction of a tunnel on Zojila pass and soon work would start on it, which on completion would mitigate all connectivity problems of the region. She said the road network in the town would be further improved for which she announced the release of Rs. 15 crore. She said her Government has already doubled the honorarium for teachers working in the region.