PDP welcomes Manmohan's political-economic package for J

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Srinagar, Apr 26 (UNI) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti has welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's announcement regarding the implementation of the Working Group (WG) recommendations on Kashmir Addressing a public meeting at Tapper-Pattan in north Kashmir, Ms Mufti said the rehabilitation of families of militants was a big problem.

She said when her party raised this issue it was not only criticised but elements with vested interests would label her party as an 'accomplice of militants involved in propagating anti-national agenda'.

However, she said that the Prime Minister's announcement about a cluster of measures including rehabilitation of militancy affected people which includes, settlement package for Kashmiri migrants, compassionate appointments, monthly pension payable to widows under the scheme of Rehabilitation Council of J&K, assistance to orphans which would now cover all such children without discrimination.

Ms Mufti also welcomed Dr Singh's announcement that Srinagar- Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawlakote roads would be used for trade and travel.

She said that triple entry permit was being considered to facilitate this initiative and applications in this regard would be disposed off within six weeks.

She said that inter and intra-state confidence and reconciliatory measures announced by Dr Singh for various sections of society and also for easing cross-LoC movement of people and goods through existing and new routes, is another milestone towards the implementation of the vision that had developed over the past many years for peaceful and amicable settlement of the Kashmir issue and securing peace, progress and dignity for its people.


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