New Delhi: Seeking an early solution to the Kashmir issue, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday urged the Centre to expedite peace talks with Pakistan.

Addressing the National Development Council meeting, Omar said, “No long term solution to the Kashmir issue can be come up without including Pakistan in the talk process.”

The CM said that the boosting Indo-Pak trade and resuming bus service will not fructify unless talks with Pakistan proceed.

The CM opined, “The political solution to the Kashmir issue is directly proportional to the economical prosperity of the state as it will attract the investors to invest here. For this, the Centre should take each party in the confidence.”

It will be a big step towards building confidence among the citizens, added the National Conference leader.

Omar also asked the Central government to implement the recommendations of the J&K interlocutors.
“The recommendations of the Centre-appointed interlocutors on Kashmir should be implemented in the state soon,” Omar said.

Significantly, the three-member interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir, comprising eminent journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former election commissioner MM Ansari had submitted its detailed report to the Home Ministry after having consultations with thousands of people barring separatists.

Abdullah junior also proposed for setting up of 5000 MW hydroelectric plant in the state during 12th Five Year Plan. He urged the Centre to hand over the Dulhasti Project to the state once again.

It is worth mentioning that similar recommendation has been made by a committee constituted by the Prime Minister.