J&K To Become Abode Of Peace: Mufti
12 February 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Hoping that the war clouds in our neighbourhood are blown off due to the efforts of India and other countries, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said that war neither solves any problem nor it is in the interest of the people. It only compounds the problems of the people and brings with it wanton destruction, he added. Addressing Id congregation at Idgah here this morning, Mufti Sayeed said that India alongwith Russia and some European countries are trying their best to avoid the war on Iraq and people of the State pray success to their efforts. He said matters have to be resolved through discussion and dialogue. Exuding confidence, Mufti Sayeed said that with the cooperation of the people his Government would be able to give a happy turn around to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and steer the State out of the morass. He said his coalition Government is making all out efforts to accelerate the process of normalisation and would seek support of everyone. 'We want to make Jammu and Kashmir once again an abode of peace, tranquility and brotherhood', he said. The Chief Minister said that 'our endeavour is to create a conducive atmosphere where everyone gets justice and the issues are resolved peacefully through discussion and dialogue'. He said 'we on our part are trying to ensure that the pristine glory of Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Kargil of being peaceful destinations is restored and all the regions of the State get justice'. Saying that a number of steps have been taken by his Government to streamline the administration to make it deliver better, the Chief Minister impressed upon the people to come forward and supplement his efforts to provide a transparent, accountable and responsive administration to them. Mufti Sayeed said Kashmir gave a hope to the country during partition when the sub-continent was in the grip of communal holocaust. In the same manner during militancy the ray of hope came from Jammu where people maintained brotherhood and amity despite provocation. He said they have also extended all help to the people who had to migrate from the valley due to militancy. Mufti Sayeed said that all of us should pray on this auspicious day that is celebrated to recall the highest example of sacrifice and submission to the will of God, for peace and tranquility in the world. Later, a stream of people representing all shades of opinion visited his residence and greeted him on Idu'z Zuha. They included a galaxy of ministers, legislators, political leaders, senior officers and prominent citizens. Meanwhile, Id was celebrated all over the State with traditional gaiety and fervour. The biggest congregation was held at Idgah here where the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, several ministers and political leaders were among thousands of people who offered Nimaz-e-Id. In Kashmir Valley, people, including women and children, dressed in colourful attires thronged various mosques and shrines to pray for return of peace, clearing of war clouds hovering over Iraq and for strengthening of friendship between India and Pakistan. Hurriyat conference leaders, including its former chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Umer Farooq, addressed various congregations and in Srinagar, calling for peaceful means to resolve the Kashmir issue. The holy Hazratbal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar recorded the highest gathering of about 70,000 devotees, official sources said adding that the historic Jamia Masjid where Mirwaiz delivered his speech was thronged by over 40,000 devotees. Reports of celebrations were also received from all other districts of the Valley, including Kupwara and Baramulla districts in north, Pulwama and Anantnag in south and Badgam in central Kashmir.