Farooq pledges to steer J&K to era of peace
25 January 2000
JAMMU, Jan. 25:
Pledging to steer the state to new era of peace and
normalcy, Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah has asserted
the nation's determination to foil nefarious Pak designs
on Jammu and Kashmir.
"No power on earth
should undermine the strength of Indian nation and valour
of its armed forces to defend territorial integrity of
the country,'' Dr Abdullah said in a message greeting the
people on Republic Day.
Pakistan is trying its
worst to escalate militancy in the state by pushing in
mercenaries and arsenal to target innocent citizens, he
said, adding the people understand their machinations and
are determined to face the challenge unitedly.
"Enemy is detined to fail and nobody can stop us to
usher in an era of peace,'' he added.
Referring to the
endeavours being made to rebuild the state, which
suffered colossal damage during militancy, and to steer
it to new vistas of progress and development the Chief
Minister said despite financial constraints much headway
has been achieved in the reconstruction of infrastructure
and putting various sectors on rails. He reiterated his
Government's resolve to provide equal opportunities of
progress to all the three regions of the state.
Dr Abdullah referred to
the participation of people in democratic exercise
several times in the past three years and said the
Government is keen to take democracy at grass roots
level. He mentioned about the forthcoming Panchayati
elections and said that these primary democratic units
would be fully empowered to take decisions about
priorities of development at the local levels. The
Panchayats have to be effective instrument in monitoring
developmental activities at grass roots levels, he added.
forces, police and para-military forces for meeting the
challenge posed by the enemy with fortitude and valour,
the Chief Minister expressed confidence that they will
carry out anti-militancy operations with their full might
and rid the state from the menace of terrorism. He called
upon people to rededicate themselves to nation building
activities and further strengthen the bonds of amity and