Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for a permanent end to violence in Kashmir, saying he is ready to meet with anyone who shares that goal.
In his first trip to Kashmir since taking office in May, he told a crowd in Srinagar Wednesday that Kashmiris should live with peace and dignity.
India withdrew 1,000 troops from Kashmir Wednesday, with more expected to follow. Pakistan called the move a positive step.
Mr. Singh also unveiled a $5-billion plan to revitalize the Kashmiri economy that will focus on tourism, agriculture and education and create some 24,000 jobs.
As the prime minister arrived, Indian troops killed two Muslim militants who were hiding near the stadium where he later spoke.