Result Oriented Talks Between New Delhi, Separatists Must: Omar8 January 2010
Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said that need of the hour was to hold consistent and result oriented talks between the Centre and the State to settle Jammu and Kashmir centric issues once for all. “My government is working to create conducive atmosphere for talks and facilitating state-centre dialogue with all shades of opinion. This is for the larger interests of peace and development in the region,” he told a news channel. “Separatists groups differ in opinion with the national consensus on Kashmir issue, as such, their dialogue is more relevant with Union government than the state,” he said, adding, “They (separatists) have no dispute over the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir to discuss it with the state government. We have otherwise social contacts with them. However, if they wish to discuss matters with the centre along with us we are more than willing.” Describing yesterday’s Lal Chowk incident as a “simple encounter,” Omar said, “ No it was not a fidayeen attack. Fidayeen attack means a suicidal attack on high value target while as this was a simple encounter between running away militants and the security forces”, he added. The Chief Minister said while reporting such incidents media has also the equal responsibility to use the appropriate words. In reply to a question regarding Indo-Pak composite dialogue, Omar said that the dialogue was imperative to bring about most needed thaw in relations between the two neighbours. However, Pakistan has to meet the Indian concerns to create a conducive situation that has been disturbed owing to 26-11 incident. On relation between coalition partners in the government, Omar said the Congress and National Conference Government was working in complete tandem and every decision was taken unanimously and in a coordinated manner. “You have ample example of disagreements and cross-working that existed in the previous coalition government in the state. Even Ministers used to run away from the Cabinet meetings during that period. This is not the situation now. We have had 14 Cabinet meetings in last one year and scores of other high-level decision making sessions. We decided on issues as a single unit”, he maintained. In reply to a question regarding the relations with PDP, Chief Minister said that he had no personal animosity with this party or its leadership we are only politically opposite. “We often meet and exchange wishes”. “Yes I take guidance from Dr. Farooq Abdullah as my father and President, National Conference”, he replied to a question to this nature and said that as he discusses issues with the national leadership of Congress regarding coalition matters, he does interact with the President of National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullah about such matters and more. “I do not take any step or make any decision without thinking over it” he said when asked whether he joined the politics as a coincidence or willingly adding that his ultimate aim in politics was to serve the people and seek better tomorrow for youth. In reply to another question regarding troops withdrawal, he said National Security Advisor has rightly said that withdrawal of troops was related to the betterment of security scenario on the ground. Omar said that the most satisfying achievement of the last year, he spent in office, was the lowest ever human rights violation in the state in past 20 years and the considerable reduction in militancy related incidents. “We succeeded in creating, by and large, a conducive environment for carrying forward development works smoothly in the state”, he added.