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Sustained dialogue only way forward in J&K: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said sustained dialogue with all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir was the only way forward to resolving the problems of the state.

, ET Bureau|
Mar 05, 2011, 12.43 AM IST
JAMMU: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said sustained dialogue with all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir was the only way forward to resolving the problems of the state. Speaking at a convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology here, he said: "A group of interlocutors was appointed to facilitate a continuous dialogue with all sections of the people of the state. There is no way forward but sustained dialogue and the resolution of all problems under a constitutional framework that I believe has the flexibility to accommodate honourable and durable solutions for all."

"We are dealing with the government that is functioning in Pakistan," Singh told reporter after concluding his day-long visit to Jammu. "Fortunately, at the foreign ministers level we have agreed to resume dialogue." Singh, however, insisted Pakistan should take "strong and resolute" action against extremist elements which are a concern for India as well. He urged Islamabad to bring the culprits of Mumbai carnage to book and admitted that there are concerns over these elements within the "thinking segments" of Pakistani society and polity.

On the internal dimension involving talks between Centre and the state, separatists included, Singh does not see any immediate requirement for any CBM.

However, he hinted that the (political) activity will start soon after the interlocutors submit the report. Asked about the apprehensions that the fourth summer may also get lost to the unrest in Kashmir, Singh said he has the impression that visit of all party delegation and the appointment of interlocutors has created a peaceful atmosphere. "I think, all political parties should have a vested interest in ensuring peace and tranquility in all parts of the state," he said.

On the issue of dialogue with separatists, the Prime Minister asserted that the veto should not be with any party. "I do not think any body should have a veto," the Prime Minister said, adding, "We seek the cooperation of all sections of public opinion including those who are not part of the mainstream politics but I do not think we should give any group a veto."

Prime Minister talked about the balanced development of all regions and referred to the reports of the two task forces on Ladakh and Jammu for which 250 crore have already been set aside in the Union budget. He announced 70 crore for upgrading the Jammu airport, 32 crore for the SKUAST-J besides covering Jammu, Samba and Kathua under National Food Security Mission. He also referred to the report that C Rangarajan made public a day earlier in Srinagar that is aimed at reaching out to 150 thousand youth by way of education and skill development. A number of leaders from India Inc will partner the 2,500 crore plan to be implemented within five years.

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