Pak caught in its own terror web, infiltration continues: CM
17 July 2002
The Daily Excelsior
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah today said Pakistan is caught in its own terror as terrorism unleashed by it in Jammu and Kashmir is eating up its very vitals. ‘Merchants of terrorism have become very active in the neighboring country posing a grave threat to their sponsors’, Dr Abdullah said while addressing a mamoth public meeting after inaugurating 125 meter, five span single lane bridge at Wangat, Kangan this evening. The Chief Minister said the terror let loose by the neighboring country in the state has consumed many innocent lives and the blood bath continues unabated, the latest act of which has been staged in Qasim Nagar Jammu where even women and children were gunned down brutally. He said the ruthless killers targeted innocents for creating terror and hitting headlines in the media, he added. Terrorism, he said, has tarnished the fair image of Muslims around the world who were seen with suspicion wherever they visit. Muslims are peace loving and acts of black sheep among them should not malign the entire community. The campaign against terror should be directed strictly against terrorism and not Islam, he added. Dr Abdullah said infiltration from across the border is continuing and cautioned the people to be vigilant particularly during the Amarnath yatra. He hoped that the people would provide all hospitality to pilgrims as per glorious traditions of the valley. On autonomy, he said the fulfillment of the long-standing demand of the people of the state would satiate their urges and aspirations. Similar dispensation will have to be granted by the neighboring country to the areas like Gilgit, Askardoo etc, the part of the state. He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have made a conscious decision of acceding to secular India and the state will continue to be the proud part of the nation. ‘Those dreaming about so-called azadi are destined to doom’, he said, adding that the fall out of the activities by elements inimical to peace in the valley could jeopardize the peace of 22 crore Muslims across the country. The Chief Minister referred to the just commencing Amarnath yatra and complimented the works Minister for the upkeep of Baltal route to the cave shrine. He hoped that the yatra will give fillip to local economy as lakhs of pilgrims thronging Mata Vaishno Devi shrine have given a economic boost to the area. Stressing the need for spread of education in remote and far off areas, Dr Abdullah said it is imperative for emancipation. He particularly laid stress on female literacy and envisioned them to secure responsible position in the society with active participation in decision-making. He also dwelt on the achievements of his Government during the past about six years and said though everything has not been achieved yet whatever progress has been registered could not be undermined. The CM also underlined the role of Panchayats, saying that the democratic institutions at grass roots level have to monitor the functioning of Government institutions in their respective areas besides fixing priorities of development. He lauded the role of army in providing various services to the people in remote areas and hoped that they will keep it up in future as well. The former Minister, Babaji Mian Bashir Ahmed also addressed the gathering. He referred to the revolutionary steps taken by Sher-i- Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in the socio-economic transformation of the state and said that by his relentless efforts the scenario of rural areas is totally changed. It is because of these efforts that the youth belonging to far off areas and weaker sections of the society play a vital role in decision-making and the progress of the State. Mian Bashir said the Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah has successfully carried the mission of Sher-i-Kashmir forward. Speaking on the occasion, Works Minister Mr Ali Mohammad Sagar said that with the completion of the bridge the long-standing demand of the area has been fulfilled. He said the CM was keen to have this facility available to the people expeditiously and referred to the developmental scenario in the state in general and Kagan in particular. The Minister said that 183 bridges have been constructed and work is apace on the similar number of bridges. He said work on damaged bridges is also apace and Rs 265 crore would be required for this sector.He also gave details of the people absorbed in various wings of the Government including 18000 SPOs in police, 560 junior engineers etc. He described the holding of panchayat elections as a major achievement and hoped the elected representatives will fulfill the dream of Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. He asked people to be vigilant against elements inimical to peace. Minister for Health Mian Altaf Ahmed said that during the past six years, all areas of the state got equitable share in development, irrespective of the party affiliations of the legislators. He said that the hilly and remote areas got extra attention in respect of development in their backwardness. He recalled the developmental scenario launched in the state under the stewardship of Sher-i-Kashmir and said efforts are on to steer the state to the heights envisioned by the Baba-e- Quom. He expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for taking keen interest in the development of this area. The bridge, named after Madr-e-Mehrban, has relieved the problems of a large chunk of population living in dozens of villages on both sides of Wangat Nallah who had to undertake the journey via Preng which involved a distance of about 30 kilometers. The bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 3.97 crore and is spread over five spans, comprising steel plate girder superstructure with RCC deck slab supported on RCC piers and abutments.