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Omar Abdullah welcomes Indo-Pak re-engagement

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday welcomed the renewed bilateral engagement between India and Pakistan after a long hiatus saying the changed understanding of both the neighboring countries vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir will act as forerunner of peace and prosperity in the region.

Commenting on a series of initiatives being taken by the GoI, Omar Abdullah said the renewed outlook of both the countries gives an inkling of a changed mind set towards Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the evolving situation has made it pretty clear that the outlook of both the countries has undergone a big change and has been replaced with a policy of peaceful engagement which, he said, was a welcome step.

He made these observations while interacting with a series of delegations of party’s activists at party headquarters, a party spokesman said.

“We have been pleading with the GOI to restore 4G services   over a period of time, but all of a sudden the service was restored. Over the period of time we saw how both the neighboring countries came up with a DGMO level talk on the cessation of violence on the LOC, IB. It was much later, to our surprise though that we were able to learn that the DGMO level formations were a product of diplomatic negotiations, which all of us were unmindful of. Reports of allowing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to offer congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid after 18 months also gives an insinuation about the changed attitude we hail on account of it being in sync with our stated policy underscoring goodwill between India and Pakistan as a means to foster peace in J&K,” he said.

Meanwhile, Omar Abdullah urged the party functionaries who qualify as per the set protocol to get inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine to defeat the virus and discontinue its progression.

In his message, the Party Vice president encouraged all the party colleagues who qualify for the COVID-19 Vaccine to get a jab.  He said that people should bury hesitancy and not pay attention to half truths.

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