Governor hopes for violence-free JK in 2008

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Jammu, Dec 31 (UNI) Notwithstanding the ''gloomy development'' in the neighbourhood, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha today expressed the hope for violence-free subcontinent in the New Year, with both India and Pakistan playing a key role to resolutely fight terrorism.

In his New year message, the Governor said: ''The demon of terror is now rebounding and shaking the foundations of the soil from where it operated.'' ''It is not the time to trace the genesis of terrorism; it is also not the time to put blame on anyone but it is an occasion when we must fight back against elements inimical to peace and set the agenda with renewed understanding to infuse a sense of security to both peoples,'' Lt Gen Sinha added.

The Governor said like the past nearly two decades, 2007 continued to be a year of suffering on account of senseless violence, albeit on a much reduced scale. ''The situation has improved considerably,'' the Governor said.

He prayed that the state emerged out of the dark tunnel of violence in the New Year into the bright shine of peace and prosperity.

The Jammu and Kashmir government had made tremendous efforts and taken great strides towards development of the state, he maintained.

Lt Gen Sinha reaffirmed his belief that the composite culture of the state was the strongest weapon to defeat the cult of violence.

''Let us all vow together to revive our unique heritage of amity and brotherhood enshrined in Kashmiriyat. A great future awaits the state,'' the Governor added.

Extending greetings and good wishes to the people on the occasion of New Year, the Governor also expressed his sympathies with the families who lost their near ones in the ''senseless'' violence during the year.

UNI

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