Political, economic stability crucial for J

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Jammu, Dec 19 (UNI) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said his party was not only striving for the political and economic empowerment of various regions and sub-regions of the state, but also putting in place a comprehensive plan of action for the welfare of all the segments of society.

Addressing a gathering of ex-servicemen, who joined the PDP at a function here, Mr Sayeed said the State can be prosperous only when its citizens, irrespective of age and gender, have a secure, stable and productive future.

'' The key to the state's prosperity lies in the economic well-being of its citizens and the dark era of political instability, economic deprivation, inter-regional incongruities and intra-societal discrepancies in Jammu and Kashmir is going to end soon,'' Mr Sayeed said, adding that the state would enter into a new era of political stability and economic prosperity in the emerging sub-continental paradigm of Indo-Pak amity.

''I am confident that with the stabilization of political situation in Pakistan, there would be substantial movement forward towards the settlement of the Kashmir issue,'' he said and added that the positive and encouraging statements emanating from New Delhi over the prevailing situation in Pakistan is the reiteration of the country's resolve to keep the things moving in the right direction on the bilateral front.

''The coalition government's basic objective has been on the one hand, to facilitate political resolution of the state's problems, while on the other, it is focused on rebuilding the economic infrastructure in a sustainable manner,'' the PDP Patron said.

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