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  • Houses unanimously pass Resolution condemning Kathua, Samba attacks

 

 

JAMMU: Both the Houses of the State Legislature today passed a Resolution unanimously condemning the recent twin terror attacks that took place in Kathua and Samba districts. This followed the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s intervention in the Legislative Assembly when several Members, cutting across party lines, expressed serious concern over the two successive attacks.      

 

The Houses resolved unanimously to condemn the attacks and urged upon the Government of India to impress upon the Government of Pakistan to take all measures for preventing such dastardly acts in future for a lasting peace in the region so that the initiatives towards peace do not get derailed and allow the people of Jammu & Kashmir to get the dividends of peace process. The House, which is the most legitimate democratic institution representing the aspirations of the people of the State, resolves that the movement for peace and reconciliation will be carried forward with full force and the enemies of people will be defeated.     

 

Earlier, while speaking during the Question Hour in the Legislative Assembly as well as the Council, the Chief Minister said the attacks that were carried out in Kathua and Samba won’t defeat and weaken our resolve to bring in lasting peace in the region. “The relations between India and Pakistan won’t improve if such incidents continue to happen,” he said, while calling for a greater vigil on the borders to prevent such attacks.

 

Stating that such dastardly acts are timed to subvert the peace process that has recently been started between India and Pakistan, the Chief Minister said such forces which are desperate to disturb peace in the region won’t be allowed to succeed. He said if we have to carry forward the process of reconciliation, such incidents should not be repeated.

 

Urging Pakistan to rein in subversive elements operating from within its territory, the Chief Minister said a message has to go to it from our country’s strongest and most powerful Assembly that incidents like Samba and Kathua won’t be tolerated in future. “The roots of democracy have grown stronger in the State. There were no incidents on borders in the State from Kathua to Kargil between 2002 to 2008. We have invested a lot in the peace process. There are some rogue elements which, in the name of religion, are carrying out such acts. These elements will not be allowed to damage the fabric of peace in the State,” said the Chief Minister.    

The Chief Minister described the recently-held Assembly elections as free, fair and transparent which restored the faith of the people in the democratic institutions of the state and the country. “I urge all the people to allow the State of J&K to reap the rich dividends of peace, for which steps have been taken by the Government of India,” he said and added that the need of the hour is to broaden the peace constituency by strengthening the voices of dialogue and reconciliation.

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JAMMU: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed congratulated Minister for Finance, Dr. Haseeb A. Drabu, for presenting a people-friendly Budget in the Legislative Assembly today. Describing the Budget as all-inclusive that takes care of core sectors of development, the Chief Minister hoped that the policies and programmes adopted in the Budget 2015-16 shall take care of internal revenue generation and cater to the needs of all stakeholders in the State, particularly farmers and small and tiny traders, who have suffered tremendously in the worst-ever floods that took place in J&K in September last year. 

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JAMMU: Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone informed the House that the Government has taken up the matter for permitting foreign tourists to visit Panamik-Warshi including Yarma-Gonpa / Yarma Gonboo Monastry in Ladakh with the Union Home Ministry recently adding that these areas fall in Northern Border Districts of J&K and are covered by the protected area regime under the foreigners (protected areas).

 

Replying to a question by Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora in LA here today, the Minister informed that an order has already been issued by the Government under which domestic tourists are now permitted to visit places beyond Panamil upto Warshi including Yarma-Gonpa / Yarma Gonboo Monastry in Nobra sub-division tourist circuit. The Minister informed that Government has identified tour circuits including Leh-Kharu-Changla-Durbuk-Tangse-Spangmik-Maan-Merak, Leh-Upshi-Chumathang-Mahey-Puga-Tsomoriri/Korzok, Leh-Upshi-Deprin-Puga-Tsomoriri/Korzok in Nyoma sub-division and Leh-Kharzongla-Khalsar-Tirthi upto Panamik, Leh-Kharzongla-Khalsar-Deskit-Kunder upto Turtuk-Pachathank and Leh-Saboo-Digar-Lobab-Khyungru-Tangyar in Nobra sub-division where foreign tourists are presently permitted to visit with certain conditions under the Protected Area regime. 

 

In reply to another question by Mr. Daleep Singh Parihar, the Minister informed that construction of wayside amenities at Kharra and construction of view point along Thathri-Gandoh-Kilothran road have been taken up at the total cost of Rs. 7.84 crore under Bhaderwah-Bhallssa Tourist Circuit Development project. He said development of tourist infrastructure is undertaken at potential tourist spots where suitable communication facility is available. Legislator, Mr. G. M. Saroori raised the supplementary and demanded land compensation for construction of Tourism Projects already sanctioned by the Centre at various tourism spots in Kishtwar and Doda districts.