Republic Day celebrated across Kashmir with enthusiasm
26 January 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Various functions including hoisting of tri-colour and march past were organised across Kashmir division on the occasion of Republic Day today. At Pulwama The Minister for Revenue and Rehabilitation, Hakeem Mohammad Yasin unfurled the national flag and took the salute at the march past. The contingents of CRPF, District Police, Fire Services, Home Guards, NCC Cadet and school children participated in the march past. Addressing on the occasion appealed to those who have not yet joined the dialogue process with India to reconsider their decisions in the interest of people who have suffered a lot during the past years. This, he said, would help to make the successful Indo-Pak dialogue more purposeful. The Minister also provided cash relief to 16 persons under rehabilitation of militancy victims. The students of various schools also presented a colourful cultural programme. At Baramulla, the Minister for Rural Development Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed said that the concerted efforts of the coalition Government and the cooperation of the people has helped to remove the barriers of hatred between India and Pakistan, which would result in ushering into peaceful atmosphere in the sub- continent.The peace process has been welcomed in length and breadth of the State by every section of the society. The Minister was addressing at the Republic Day celebrations at Baramulla where thousands of people despite severe cold had come to witness the celebrations. The Minister unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past of the contingents of JKP, JKAP, Home Guards, CRPF, Fire Services, Band contingents of Army and Police and the contingents of school children. The Minister asked the militants to shun violence and come across the table for talks in the larger interest of peace initiatives. He said that every one was fed up by the noise of the gun. The Minister sought cooperation of the people to root out corruption. On the occasion a variety programme was also present by the School children and artists of Information Department. At Budgam, the Minister for Forests and Environment, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Sofi unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past. Contigents of police, Home Guard, Fire Services, CRPF, NCC and School children took part in the march past. Addressing the gathering the Minister said that the coalition Government is committed to bring peace with dignity in the State besides ensuring all round development of the State in the days to come. At Kupwara, the Minister for Agriculture and cooperatives, Mr. Abdul Aziz Zargar unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past. Contingents of police, CRPF, NCC and school children took part in the march past. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the prospects of peace in the region have brightened as distances between India and Pakistan are narrowing down. The Minister said that ways for resolving the complex Kashmir issue will get smoothened if all the parties involved in the dispute work for its resolution sincerely. The Minister reiterating that dialogue is the only way to solve the vexed Kashmir issue and appealed the gun totting youth to give up the gun and support the peace process initiated by the two countries. At Anantnag, the Minister for tourism, Housing and Urban Development, Ghulam Hassan Mir unfurled the national flag and took the salute at the march past.The Contingents of CRPF, Armed police, JKP, Auxiliary police, Fire Services and NCC cadets and students of various schools took part in the march past. Addressing the function the Minister said that the people of the State have re-posed their faith in democracy for which they have expressed their mandate for peace and development. At Kargil, Chief Executive Councillor, Hill Development Councilor, Qamar Ali Akhoon unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past. The Contingents of Police, NCC and school children took part in the march past. Addressing on the occasion, Mr. Akhoon elaborated the importance of the day and lauded the role of the Indo- Pak leadership for initiating the much awaited cease-fire on borders and restoring peace in the region. At Leh, the main function was held at polo-ground where the Chief Executive councillor, Leh Hill Counncil, Thupstan Chhewang hoisted the national flag and took salute on the march past. Praising the recent developments of peace initiatives under taken by the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed under common minimum programme, Mr. Chewang said that support of Leh people would always be there saying that the recent talks of the Hurriyat with Centre were a welcome initiative. The contingents of CRPF, ITBP, JKP, Ladies police, Ladakh Scouts and school children participated in the march past.