Reopen Kargil-Skardu Road:NC

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Srinagar Sept 17: Favoring dialogue with leadership of the state, ruling National Conference today demanded restoration of autonomy to the state and said it was the basic step towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

“Jammu and Kashmir National Conference considers restoration of autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir State as the basic step for creation of goodwill for resolution of the issue,” party’s Additional General Secretary Dr. Mustafa Kamal said while concluding his tour of Kargil and Drass

“Kashmir problem has been a source of conflict in this area and for resolution of this issue both the governments of India and Pakistan shall have to consider the peoples’ aspirations across the Line of Control as such the entire leadership has to be involved in the dialogue process” said Kamal.

In a convention at Kargil and Drass Dr. Kamal strongly demanded the Party’s long pending demand of reopening all trade routes

“The Demand of re-opening of old trade routes of Kargil-Askardu, Srinagar-Rawalpindi, Poonch-Balakote should be taken up on priority so that people on both sides not only improve their quality of living but also help develop closer contacts and trade” said Kamal

The Additional General Secretary while congratulating the people for the approval of construction of a tunnel at Z-Morh in Jammu and Kashmir at a cost of Rs 2,717 crore to provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar and Leh said that such steps will help people of Kargil and Leh as these areas remains cut off from the mainland for six to seven months during winter due to heavy snow fall on Jammu-Srinagar-Zojila-Kargil-Leh.

“The Omar Abdullah led government has relentlessly advocated the construction of this tunnel and now it has become a reality” said Kamal “This will not only help in the socio-economic development of the people living in Ladakh but is also aimed at improving infrastructure and increase the employment potential for local laborers.” Said Kamal

In his address the Transport Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon said that the coalition government under the leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is very much eager to develop this region. He said the government is taking necessary steps for ensuring the availability of basic amenities to the people living in the far-flung and border areas of the State.

On the occasion, MLA Zanskar Feroz Ahmad Khan, MLC Kargil Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi, also addressed the gathering including District President Kargil Gh. Hassan Khan

Later the leaders visited Imamia Public School and met with the scholars there. The leaders while highlighting the role of the school in bringing a positive change in the region said that it was the dream of Sheikh Abdullah to see Kargil developed. They also highlighted the association of Sheikh Abdullah with the School and people of the region.

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