Kashmiris will benefit from India-Pakistan peace: Vohra

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Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Tuesday said the state will benefit the most from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s peace initiative vis-a-vis Pakistan.

Speaking during the R-Day function in Jammu, Vohra said the people of the state would be the greatest beneficiaries of the peace initiative started by Modi between India and Pakistan.

The governor also paid tribute to late chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, after which the state was brought under Governor’s Rule.

“I hope the elected government will soon assume office in the state,” he said.

Senior civil and military officers attended the main function in Jammu, where school children and cultural troupes entertained the audience with their programmes.

A thick security blanket was thrown around the MA stadium. More than 1,000 security personnel were deployed.

In Srinagar, the main function was held at the Bakshi Stadium where Divisional Commissioner Asgar Samoon hoisted the tri-colour and took salute at a parade.

Former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti attended the function.

This was the first public appearance of Mehbooba Mufti after her father passed away on January 7.

All separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Shabir Shah were placed under house arrest in Srinagar to prevent them from leading anti-India rallies.

Separatists had asked people to observe January 26 as a “black day” to attract international attention to the Kashmir issue.

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