KL NEWS NETWORK
Ruling PDP Chief-spokesperson and former Parliamentarian, Dr Mehboob Beg Thursday welcomed the issues raised in the Governor’s address and said that the same “reiterates the commitment” of the government.
“The government has reiterated its unflinching stand of safeguarding the best interests and the special status of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and no more politicization and rumour mongering in this regard should be resorted to,” said Dr Beg.
“The up-gradation of cross-LoC trade, development of border tourism and providing interest subvention to traders are all laudable steps which shall go a long way in boosting our economy as well as ensuring healthier relations on both sides of the LoC,” remarked Dr Beg.
Dr Beg also underlined the importance of the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland to complete the “ethnic diversity of Kashmir and assured a secure environment for them”.
In a party statement, Beg appreciated the “efforts” of the Prime Minister to “mend ties” with Pakistan while pointing-out that the same shall have a direct bearing on the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
“The Prime Minister’s visit to Lahore as well as the subsequent dialogue between India and Pakistan at various levels had generated hope in the state and the people stood for healthy relations between the two nations,” he said.
“The Confidence building measures in collaboration with the Government of India in seeking up-gradation of cross-LoC trade and infrastructure of trade facilitation centres have been strengthened and the banking facilities have been worked-out in consultation with the GoI as well as the RBI,” said Beg.