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Jammu KashmirChief Minister pays tribute to those killed in 1931 firing

Chief Minister pays tribute to those killed in 1931 firing


Srinagar, July 13: and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday sought people's support in pulling the state out of the vortex of violence and bloodshed, saying her heart is overwhelmed with great sadness and sorrow as a result of the killings in the Valley.

“The 27-year-long violence has left deep wounds in almost each home here and we have to jointly safeguard our state and our people from further bloodshed and destruction.

“While my government's immediate priority would be to reach out to the affected families with a healing touch, in the long run a concerted effort shall have to be launched to make peace and stability a reality in J-K, with youth being the focus of the government's welfare initiatives,” she said here.

The Chief Minister was speaking after paying homage at the ‘martyrs' graveyard in Khawaja Bazar area of downtown city here.

Mehbooba said she needs people's support in realising the dream of a politically emancipated, economically self-reliant and socially secure Jammu and Kashmir.

Paying tributes to those who fell to 1931 police firing, the Chief Minister said these valiant men scripted a new dawn in the state's history by laying the edifice for democracy and human dignity.

July 13, 1931 will always be remembered as a defining moment in the history of J-K when the foundation for democracy and people's rule was laid in the state, she said.

“Each period of the state's history has had its special challenges and those confronting us today are as demanding as any in the past,” she said.

She appealed the people not to fall prey to the machinations of those elements who want to disturb peace in the state.

“I appeal to the people to protect the sacrifices rendered by them (the martyrs) to pave way for peace. We should not play with that peace.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by some of her Cabinet colleagues, legislators, party functionaries and top officers of the civil and police administration. — PTI

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