SRINAGAR: Peace is being given a chance in Jammu and Kashmir. The hands that used to pick up stones are holding and flaunting the national flag. In Pulwama 10,000 youths waved the Tricolour, raising slogans like Bharat Mata Ki Jai. In Shopian and other districts too, the youths showed a similar enthusiasm, carrying the Tiranga.
“The youths in Kashmir have changed. Those who would hold stones in their hands are today participating in peace-building,” said Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha said on Saturday.
“Time has come when all of us will have to work together to cement peace. Within a year from now, we will put the last nail in the coffin of terrorism and make peace a permanent feature of J&K,” he pointed out.
The LG was addressing a gathering at SKICC on the banks of Dal Lake here.
He said that without peace, there can be no development in any part of the world. “Some people are wearing dark glasses and can’t see development taking place in J&K. “Union Minister is on record in the Parliament saying that one crore tourists visited J&K this year. Srinagar airport saw 110 flights operating in a day while 44 flights operated from Jammu airport against the previous record of six flights a day,” he pointed out.
The LG said that work on two AIIMS, Medical Colleges, cancer hospital is in full swing. “Next year, Kashmir will be connected with Kanyakumari through train,” he added.
The LG said that J&K has been the crown of India but some elements hatched conspiracies to destabilize the region and foment trouble. “We are committed to restore the lost glory of the region. Today, in Pulwama, 10,000 youths are holding Tricolour in their hands. Same is the case with Shopian district and other districts of Kashmir. There is no coercion.” “Some people are not able to see the change,” he said.
Sinha claimed that not a single civilian was killed in security force’s firing in the last three years. “We are following the policy of ‘don’t touch the innocent and don’t leave the culprit’, he said. The LG E-inaugurated various projects on the occasion of Azadi ka Maha Utsav—commemoration of 75 years of India’s Independence.