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“A welcome step that must be carried forward positively”: Omar about the renewed engagement on J&K

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National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah, on Wednesday, welcomed the renewed bilateral engagement between India and Pakistan after a long hiatus saying that the changed understanding of both the neighboring countries vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir will act as forerunner of peace and prosperity in the region.

Commenting on a series of initiatives being taken by the GoI, Party’s Vice President as per a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that the renewed outlook of both the countries gives an inkling of a changed mind set towards Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that the evolving situation has made it pretty clear that the outlook of both the countries has undergone a big change and has been replaced with a policy of peaceful engagement. He said that it was a welcome step and it must be carried forward positively.

Omar said this while interacting with a series of delegations of party’s Parent, YNC and Women wing functionaries at Party Headquarters Nawa e Subha, Srinagar.

Remarking on the development, he said, “We have been pleading to the GOI to restore 4G services over a period of time, but all of a sudden the service was restored. The let-up to the woes of people wasn’t confined to that measure only.”

“Over the period of time we saw how the two neighboring countries came up with a DGMO level talk on the cessation of violence on the LOC, IB. It was much later, to our surprise though that we were able to learn that the DGMO level formations were a product of diplomatic negotiations, which all of us were unmindful of.” Omar said.

“Reports of allowing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to offer congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid after 18 months also gives an insinuation about the changed attitude we hail on account of it being in sync with our stated policy underscoring goodwill between India and Pakistan as a means to foster peace in J&K,” the NC leader added.(KNO)

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