Farooq says ''separatists' silence'' in J

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JAMMU, Nov 19 (UNI) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah today said no disturbance from the separatists across the border during the first phase of election was a healthy sign.

He thanked the Almighty for no reaction from the separatists in the Valley, Zihaad Council and Hizb-ul-Mujhadeen from across the border during the first phase of elections, resulting in it passing off peacefully.

''The high voter turn out recorded in the Valley despite the boycott call from separatists is a healthy sign and it is God's grace that the ensuing polls were not disturbed as the militant outfits and the separatists remained silent,'' Dr Abdullah told mediapersons at a press conference here.

''It's certainly the grace of God, that there was no disturbance from across the border though the various separatist outfits have their own agendas while NC has only one agenda of good governance and restoring peace in Jammu and Kashmir,'' he said.

Assured of his party's victory in the state and forming the next state government, Dr Abdullah said, ''I, being the future Chief Minister of the state will interact regularly with the media to know the day to day happenings in the state and my ministers would also be contacted for better governance.'' Meanwhile, he also hoped that Barrack Obama as US President would act as a good facilitator between India and Pakistan to solve the Kashmir issue.

Earlier, expressing his concern over the poor plight and miseries being faced by the exiled Kashmiri Pandit community, Dr Farooq, who is also the NC's chief ministerial candidate assured to redress their issues on priority basis for the saviour of Kashmiriyat and the community.

''I assure you to meet the demands of unemployment, employees as party's vision document holds the key to the resolution of solving problems of the people,'' he said.

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