Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday exuded confidence that the frozen ice on political issues between India and Pakistan will melt and positivity will emerge in their relations fast by coming in power the new dispensation in Pakistan.
“The nature of campaigning by various political parties in Pakistan during electioneering indicates healthy change in the mind set of politicians of that country towards Kashmir issue and Indo-Pak relations,” he said.
Addressing a large public meeting organized by All India Batwal Welfare Association in collaboration with its Jammu and Kashmir Unit at Check Mohammad Yar in R. S. Pora near the Indo-Pak Border on Buddha Purnima, Omar said that the status of Indo-Pak relations have direct bearing on peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir.
“When borders are peaceful and calm, people carry on their life activities smoothly and tension-free,” he said. “Any tension on borders and in relations between the two neighbours disturbs peace and tranquility, besides telling upon badly on economic activities and development process in the state.”
Omar said that Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has initiated various initiatives in building confidence between the two countries. “I hope that the Prime Minister would continue its efforts towards this end,” he said.
While underlining the importance of peace to carry on development and resolve issues smoothly, Omar said dialogue is the only way forward to resolve issues: “The wars fought by India and Pakistan have not solved any problem and violence has only given wounds.”
Highlighting the teaching of Lord Buddha ‘desires give gloom’ the chief minister said that this and the lessons of non-violence and creating evil-free society, taught by Lord Buddha are equally relevant today.
Omar appreciated the people of border areas mentioning those living in R. S. Pora and adjacent villages for their sacrifices and role in war and peace situations.