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Dialogue, reconciliation only way to restore peace in JK: Govt

The State Government today said that dialogue and reconciliation is the only way to restore peace along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir and in the mainland. “Our stand is that dialogue and reconciliation is the only way to restore peace,” Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri told the House while responding to the concern expressed by the Legislators over the loss of lives and damage to the property due to recurrent incidents of cross-border firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri and other parts of the State. Veeri said the process of reconciliation initiated by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaypayee in 2003 needs be taken forward for everlasting peace in the State. Referring to the latest incidents of cross-border firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, the Minister said that the respective district administrations are taking all possible measures to avoid loss of life and property. He said alternate arrangements for boarding and lodging have also been put in place for the affected population.

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