Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah held interactions with the public for the second consecutive day today, meeting citizens in Baramulla district which witnessed violence last week and seeking their support in weeding out “anti-people” elements.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said his government is not a selected government but a democratically elected government of the people of Jammu & Kashmir and therefore “we owe it to the people of Jammu & Kashmir to live up to their expectation and full fill their aspirations”. He said his government is committed to the people of the state and will work for them as per their wishes. Omar said he will continue to reach out to the people at the grass root level, understand their aspirations and strive to resolve the issues close to their heart as per their expectations.
The people spoke about the problems related to cross-border trade and streamlining some of the facilities to which the Chief Minister assured them that a well-placed mechanism would be put in place.
Omar said his government is for the people of Jammu & Kashmir and shall fight for their rights and address their issues.
Omar said time has come to go to the root of the problem in Kashmir and address it with all sincerity. He appealed to the Union Government that while a dialogue has started between India and Pakistan at different levels, a political dialogue between the Centre and different shades of opinion within the state must also start in right earnest and his government is ready to act as a facilitator for such a dialogue. He also appealed to all shades of opinion to leave behind their personal agendas and come forward for a meaningful dialogue in the interest of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
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Attack on Pak paramilitary base
05 July 2010
Peshawar: A suicide car bomber attacked the gate of a paramilitary base in northwestern Pakistan, killing one soldier and wounding a dozen other people on Monday.
The attackers opened fire at the troops manning gate of the base and were travelling in two vehicles packed with explosives and tried to destroy the security force headquarters at Timergara.
Acccording to the military officials’ two civilians and 12 soldiers were injured.
However guards killed all the four suicide attackers.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to a news agency.
The Pakistani Taliban has declared war on the government because the group deems it un-Islamic and is upset at its alliance with the US.