Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday met the Prime Minister at his residence where both leaders held detailed discussions on the state’s political situation. J&K government’s official spokesman said that the two leaders discussed various issues including relations with Pakistan, cross-LoC trade and travel, infrastructure building and the problems faced by refugees from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The Prime Minister informed CM Sayeed that he will visit Jammu and Kashmir on November 5 to inaugurate the second phase of the state’s Baghliar power project.
The PDP-BJP government’s ‘Agenda of Alliance’ also figured in the discussions, with particular focus on the transfer of Dul Hasti and Uri hydel power projects to the state. “The CM observed that adverse relations with Pakistan negatively impact the political and developmental processes in the state,” the spokesman said. He added that the CM pushed for expanding the scope of cross-LoC trade and travel, which he described as a significant confidence building measure.
While he pitched for the resumption of Srinagar-Jeddah flights via Dubai, Mufti Sayeed also underscored the need for urgent expansion of the Jammu Airport by expediting transfer of land held by the Army.
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“Discussion was also held on vacation of Lower Khurbathong Plateau in Kargil for creating better civic facilities for the people. Besides, other matters pertaining to Ladakh and Jammu regions were also discussed by the two leaders,” claimed the spokesperson. He added that the issue of funding for the repair and restoration of the infrastructure damaged during the unprecedented September 2014 floods was also discussed.