J&K: Government to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders in state, says Governor

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Srinagar, March 18: The Jammu and Kashmir government would initiate a "meaningful dialogue" with all internal stakeholders, including all the political groups, irrespective of their ideological views and predilections, Governor N N Vohra said.

"The (PDP-BJP) coalition will facilitate and help initiate a sustained and meaningful dialogue with all internal stakeholders, which will include all political groups irrespective of their ideological views and predilections.

J&K: Govt to initiate dialogue

"This dialogue will seek to build a broad-based consensus on the resolution of all outstanding issues of J&K," the governor said while addressing the joint session of the state legislature here today.

Invoking former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Vohra said the coalition government would follow a similar approach, "To enlarge the constituency of peace and deepen its societal mooring, the coalition government will take considered political initiatives.

"It would be recalled that the erstwhile NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had initiated a dialogue process with all political groups including the Hurriyat Conference, in the spirit of 'Insaaniyat, Kashmiriyat aur Jamhooriyat," he said. The central government has recently initiated steps for promoting deeper understanding with our neighbours, Vohra said.

"The coalition government will strive to support and strengthen the approaches and initiatives taken by the Centre and building stakes for all in furthering peace and development," he said. This objective, the governor said, would be pursued by initiating suitable confidence building measures that would bring about a positive change in the lives of all "our people."

On the issue of return of Kashmiri Pandit migrants to Kashmir, he said, "To strengthen and enhance societal harmony, my government will ensure the return of Kahsmiri Pandits with dignity, based on their rights as state subjects. No efforts will be spared to reintegrating and absorbing them in the Kashmiri milieu," he said.

The government will also work out a one-time settlement for refugees from Pakistan occupied Kashmir of 1947, 1965, and 1971, take measures for the sustenance and livelihood of the West Pakistan refugees and constitute a delimitation commission for re-demarcating the legislative assembly constituencies as required by law, he said.


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