Omar welcomes PM's panel report on JK autonomy

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Jammu, Dec 24: Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has welcomed the Prime Minister's panel report over the issue of giving autonomy to the state.

The fifth working group on Jammu Kashmir had submitted its report on Wednesday, Dec 23.

The report recommended that the people of the state decide whether it should retain the special status under Article 370 of the Constitution or not.

"The matter being 60 years old should be settled once and for all," the first recommendation of the group said.

The report was submitted by Justice (Retd) Sageer Ahmad, heading the working group, to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday evening, Dec 23.

"It reinforces the importance of our demand. I briefly read the report and we will give a proper reaction soon," Omar Abduallah was quoted by Indian Express as saying.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had in 2006 set up five working groups on confidence building in Jammu Kashmir and to improve relations between the state and the Central government.

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