Jammu, January 28– The Governor, Mr. N. N. Vohra, today emphasized the need for restoration of the pristine glory of Jammu and Kashmir as an abode of peace, amity, communal harmony and brotherhood and urged upon one and all to come forward in a big way to contribute towards achieving this goal.
The Governor, as Chief Guest, was addressing the 35th Peace Conference organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Peace Foundation at Abhinav Theatre, here today.
The Governor asserted that no development and progress is possible without sustained peace and communal harmony and brotherhood. Recalling the situation which had prevailed in the Valley during the past three summers, he said that perhaps, the sector which suffered the most was the education of the children, besides large human and economic losses. He emphasized that time has come when every one needs to come forth and work for restoration of a lasting peace in the State, to ensure a bright future for the younger generation and speedy progress of all regions of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Governor presented awards to a number of prominent peace activists, students and others who had rendered valuable services, on this occasion. The Governor was honoured by the Foundation in recognition of his contribution for the restoration of sustained peace and normalcy and for encouraging initiatives aimed at promoting communal harmony and brotherhood.
The Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir, speaking on the occasion, said that violence has no place in any civilized society. He said that reconciliation and dialogue are the best means to resolve any issue peacefully and making the society inclusive. He added that the people of the State want to strengthen peace and amity and the time has come for all the right thinking persons to boldly speak out and work for the accomplishment of this objective.
Mr. Ghulam Hassan Khan, Member of Parliament, said that all religions propagate the message of peace and harmony and all of us must work towards achieving these objectives. He dwelt on the various initiatives being taken by the people of Leh and Kargil districts to preserve and further strengthen communal harmony, brotherhood and peace in the entire Ladakh region.
Mr. Balraj Puri, noted journalist, complimented the Foundation for taking a laudable initiative and stressed the need for all possible steps being taken to strengthening communal harmony and amity.
The former MP, Sheikh Abdul Rehman, presented a Vote of Thanks. Among others who spoke on the occasion included Mrs. Shahzadi Simon and Mr. Ram Singh Chauhan. The Peace Conference commenced with an impressive all faith prayer for peace. A cultural programme based on the composite cultural heritage of the State was presented on the occasion by the students of various educational institutions.
A large number of functionaries of the Foundation, prominent social and political activists and a large number of people were present on the occasion. Prominent among them included legislators, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool and Mr. G. M. Saroori.