Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Srinagar Aug 15 (Only Kashmir): Amid rain and complete shutdown, the 66th Independence Day celebrations in Kashmir Valley passed off peacefully on Wednesday.
Tight security arrangements were put in place across the capital Srinagar and other parts of the Valley to pre-empt any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, mobile phones from various service providers, including BSNL, Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Reliance and Tata, were made silent as a security measure.
Strict restrictions were imposed and people were not allowed to move freely in and around Srinagar city.
The main function was organized at heavily guarded Bakshi stadium in Srinagar, where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah unfurled the tri-colour and took salute at the march past presented by security forces, the state police, fire and emergency service and students from different educational institutions.
However, due to wet ground caused by rains, no cultural programmes were held.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah appealed separatist leaders to come forward and have a dialogue with the Government of India.
“Kashmir is a political issue which needs to be resolved through peaceful dialogue. This vital issue can’t be sorted out through any means other than dialogue. I appeal people to engage themselves with the Government of India," he said.
The Chief Minister said that the graph of violence is decreasing and his government has reduced the presence of security forces.
“We have removed various bunkers in Srinagar and similar action will follow in other places with the improvement of situation and restoration of peace."
Omar however said that this is not the right time for the revocation of AFSPA. "I think the present situation doesn't allow us to do away with this act but I assure people that it will go during his tenure," he said. (OK)


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