Srinagar, Oct 17 (UNI) Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah has urged India and Pakistan to accelerate the peace process to rid the state of prevailing uncertainty.
Addressing a public gathering at his Gupkar residence here, Dr Abdullah said the ongoing stalemate in talks between India and Pakistan caused ''great concern'' to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
''The Kashmir issue can only be resolved through talks, the stalemate does not augur well for peace and tranquility in the region'', he said.
He expressed serious concern over growing unemployment in the state and asked the government to take effective steps to address the problem.
Dr Abdullah asked the state government to spend the funds provided by the Centre on developmental works and other projects without any political expediency to redress peoples' grievances.