Cross-border Factors Hurdle In JK's Development: Vohra

26 January 2015
Greater Kashmir

Jammu: Holding 'various cross-border factors' responsible for the hurdles in the development of Jammu and Kashmir, Governor N N Vohra Monday said maintenance of peace and public order was imperative for sustained growth. Amidst unprecedented multi-tier security across the region, the R-day passed off peacefully at the Maulana Azad stadium in here. 'Because of the consistently negative trans-border factors and recurring challenges to the maintenance of peace and normalcy, Jammu and Kashmir has continued to face varied hurdles in maintaining the required pace for securing its growth and developmental goals', Vohra, who unfurled the tri-colour here, said. He said maintenance of peace and public order was imperative for securing sustained growth and development. 'It is a matter of serious concern that the past year witnessed repeated violations of the ceasefire agreement and continuing attempts of infiltration across the International Border and the Line of Control,' he said. There have been two militant attacks from across the IB last year, he added. 'The repeated instances of unprovoked heavy firing from across the border caused loss of innocent lives and damage to the properties of those who are living in the villages along the border,' he said. The Governor also lauded the role of the armed forces in the state for their 'dedication and commitment towards safeguarding the national security.' 'I take this opportunity to salute the State and Central Armed Police Forces and the Army for their uncompromising commitment and devotion to duty and pay homage to all the brave officers and men who have sacrificed their lives to safeguard national security', he said. The celebrations in the state by-and-large passed off peacefully. 'The celebrations went of peacefully in the frontier districts of Poonch and Rajouri, celebrations were also held at other district headquarters in Kathua, Samba, Doda and other districts of the region,' a police officer said. In Jammu, all the roads leading to the Maulana Azad Stadium, the main venue of the R-Day celebrations, were sealed, with the personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police and other paramilitary forces maintaining a strict vigil.