Omar takes charge as J-K chief minister, wants good relations between India and Pakistan

January 9th, 2009 - 9:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Jammu, Jan.9 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmirs new chief minister Omar Abdullah, while taking charge of his office on Friday for the first time said that he wished India and Pakistan to have good relations between them.

Omar Abdullah sworn in as the youngest chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday (Jan.5).

Relations between India and Pakistan strained after the recent terror attacks in Mumbai that left 179 people dead and over 300 wounded in Maharashtra.

Abdullah said that forces, which don”t want good relations between the nuclear-armed rivals, should not be allowed to succeed.

“I only go on with the same statements that we have had from President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani and others, who have time and again talked about the need for good relationship between India and Pakistan. I understand that there will be forces that will try and ensure that this doesn”t happen and I still believe that this is in our own interest to ensure that these forces do not succeed,” Abdullah said to mediapersons here.

Omar Abdullah also stated that bringing right to information act at par with the Central government’’s act would be a priority of his newly-formed government.

“My government and both National Conference and Congress (party) together have committed to the people that we will bring the right to information act at par with the central government act. I believe that it is an important step in the direction that you are suggesting. There are other things that need to be done including giving more teeth to the accountability commission and the vigilance organisation,” said Omar Abdullah, who is also the chief of National Conference.

The just concluded seven-phased elections in the state witnessed a turnout of more than 60 percent despite a boycott call by separatists. (ANI)

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