Kashmiris will benefit from India-Pakistan peace: Vohra

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.

He praised the residents of border areas for cooperating with security forces.

Senior civil and military officers attended the main function in Jammu, where school children and cultural troupes entertained the audience with their programmes highlighting the country’s unity in diversity.

A thick security blanket was thrown around the 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 national flag 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.

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.

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