Declaring that optimism, peace and harmony are rooting in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said the footprints of security forces are being progressively reduced in the state.
However, he underlined for resumption of meaningful dialogue process with Pakistan and pitched for restoration of internal dialogue with diverse political opinion in an inclusive manner.
“The coalition government has lived up to its promises and expectations of people,” Abdullah said adding that positive atmospherics marked by hope, optimism, peace and harmony was rooting in the state.
Speaking at a meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here last night, he said the year 2012 had been the best in 25 years on all security parameters.
He said footprints of security forces were being progressively reduced and local police were visibly involved in counter- insurgency operations.
He said 54 bunkers had been removed from Srinagar while 179 schools, 37 hospitals, 33 hotels, 919 private, 264 government buildings and 26 industrial units had been vacated from the forces.
The Chief Minister also expressed satisfaction over the rehabilitation policy of those who had gone to Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) and wanted to return back and lead a normal and peaceful life.
He said 422 cases had been sanctioned under the policy out of 1094 applications received.
The Chief Minister, however, underlined the need for political resolution of grievances and aspirations of the pluralistic state. Abdullah also talked about resumption of sustained and meaningful dialogue with Pakistan.
He expressed hope that new Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif would create conducive atmosphere for resumption for talks.
The Chief Minister stressed on giving a start to the implementation process of the recommendations made by Interlocutors Group.
He also sought comprehensive review of Cross-LoC travel trade of Control Travel and demanded early provision of full body scanners to be installed at Poonch and Uri besides easing trade restrictions.
He also advocated for early completion of demining of areas across the LoC.