Autonomy for all regions in Kashmir soon: Omar Abdullah

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Jammu Dec.14 (ANI): Showing displeasure over rising demand for dividing the state of Jammu and Kashmir and creating separate state for Jammu, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Monday that the government would not divide the state, but is the process of giving autonomy to all the regions within the state.

India's plan to carve a Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh have sparked statehood demands in Jammu, posing a new challenge to the National Conference-led government.

Talking to the media after attending the 'International Conference on Policy, People and peace', Omar said: "Ours is already a very small state and it cannot be divided anymore. And, in this state, we have tried to fulfill the aspirations and rights of all the three regions equally by understanding their needs requirements, and the Center has also helped us in this".

When asked about the progress of providing regional autonomy to all regions, Abdullah informed: "We ourselves understand and realize that in this state all three regions can be given more autonomy within the state. Therefore, we are considering this proposal of regional autonomy and in this regard already few sessions have been held to prepare the report, one with center- state and other within the state that how to address the identity of regions and sub regions."

The Jammu state Morcha has been alleging discrimination and demanding separate state for Jammu, which has recently gained momentum after the announcement of Separate state for Telangana. By Tahir Nadeem Khan (ANI)

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