Governor NN Vohra on Wednesday urged “all stakeholders” to keep their political ideologies aside and acknowledge that dialogue was the only way to resolve problems faced by Jammu and Kashmir.
In his Independence Day speech at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here, the main venue for the function in J&K, Vohra said confrontational approaches can never lead to resolution of problems and have instead created vested interests and damaged centuries’ old values and tradition of the state.
“Today, I again appeal to all political leaders and those at helm of affairs of religious, cultural and other organisations to ponder upon what has been gained from this turmoil, continuing human and economic losses and sufferings which people have been going through during past several decades,” said Vohra, after hoisting tri-color.
“To take state and its people out of this situation it is important that all stakeholders keep their ideologies aside and accept that only dialogue, discussion and brotherhood can lead to solution to any problem.”
Without naming anybody, Vohra said the activities of “all those” who are stoking unrest has hurt image of the state.
Vohra, 82, who took over the state administration following demise of PDP-BJP government on June 19, said people of Kashmir were suffering owing to frequent strikes in Kashmir.
He said this situation has badly impacted every sector including tourism, transport, education and the overall economy.
Vohra also talked about the trend of local educated youth, some of them with professional backgrounds, joining militancy in Kashmir.
“But the good thing is that some of them have returned home. I appeal to community leaders to use their influence to ensure return of other youth (who have taken to arms).”
The Governor went over some initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a friendly relationship with Pakistan.
Referring to recently held elections in that country, with cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan all set to become the next Prime Minister, Vohra said he was hopeful that the new leadership in Islamabad would recognise “futility of continuing with its militant agenda in J&K and accept that peace between our two countries will contribute towards establishment of fruitful relations and prosperity.”He said the state economy continues to suffer owing to “proxy war” waged by the neighboring country for past 30 years.
In what could be his last inning in the state, Vohra underscored the importance of strengthening grassroots democratic institutions. In this regard, he said, urban local bodies elections would be held between September to October and Panchayat polls from October to December.Earlier the Governor inspected a parade and took salute at the march past.