Jammu/Srinagar, Jan 26: Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday celebrated the Republic Day on Tuesday, with Governor N.N. Vohra saying the state will benefit the most from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s peace initiative vis-a-vis Pakistan.
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.
In all other major towns across the state, district magistrates took salute.
All separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Yasin Malik and Shabir Shah were placed under house arrest in Srinagar to prevent them from disrupting the Republic Day functions.
Separatists had asked people to observe January 26 as a “black day” to attract international attention to the Kashmir issue.