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India-Pakistan’s changed mindset towards Kashmir evident: Omar on border truce

Welcoming the renewed bilateral engagement between India and Pakistan after a long hiatus, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said the changed understanding of both the neighboring countries vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir will act as a forerunner of peace and prosperity in the region.

Commenting on a series of initiatives being taken by India and Pakistan, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said “the renewed outlook of both the countries gives an inkling of a changed mindset 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.

The NC leader said: “We have been pleading with the New Delhi to restore 4G services over a period of time, but all of a sudden the service was restored. The let-up to the woes of people wasn’t confined to that measure only. Over the period of time, we saw how both the neighboring countries came up with DGMO level talks 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.”

Omar said that reports of allowing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to offer congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid after 18 months also give 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.

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