J&K Governor hopes new Pak leadership will work for peace


JAMMU: J&K Governor NN Vohra has hoped that new leadership in Islamabad will realize futility of continuing with terrorist agenda in Jammu and Kashmir and accept that only peace between the two nations will lead to mutual benefits of prosperity.
Vohra also mentioned that number of youth, some of whom were pursuing professional studies, were influenced to pick up gun and join militant groups but noted that some of them have return and appealed to community leaders to exercise their utmost influence to get all young men, who have deviated from the path, to return home and pursue their careers.
In his Independent Day message, the Governor said: “During the past over four years, various initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure amicable relations with our neighbor (Pakistan) have not so far engendered any result. Elections have just been concluded in Pakistan and a new Prime Minister (Imran Khan) shall be soon taking over. I very much hope that the new leadership in Islamabad will recognize the futility of continuing with its terrorist agenda in Jammu and Kashmir and accept that peace between the two countries will contribute towards the establishment of fruitful relations, growing trade, prosperity and all around mutual benefits’’.
He said the western neighbour (Pakistan) attempted to infiltrate an unusually large number of trained terrorists across the International Border (IB) and LoC but added that “our Army and police forces carried out effective operations and neutralized perhaps the largest every number of terrorists in the past many year. At the same time, we also suffered loss of security personnel and civilian lives’’.