Governor convenes All Party Meet

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Srinagar, Aug 14 (UNI) Leaders of various political parties have appealed to the people of Kashmir to maintain peace and harmony in this difficult hour, in keeping with the glorious traditions of the Valley.

In an unanimous appeal, made at an All Party Meet convened by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, here this evening, the political parties, cutting across their party lines, expressed their collective commitment to strive for peace and amity across the State.

We believe that all the contentious issues can and must be resolved amicably, based on dialogue and reconciliation, the political parties pledged.

Speaking on the occasion the Governor sought coopeation and support of all the political parties, socio-religious organisations and academia in restoring peace and reiterated his commitment to continue dialogue involving the people of all shades of opinion for evolving an amicable solution to all the issues.

He underlined the need for seeing things beyond the regional horizons and striving for cementing the bonds of amity and the spirit of accommodation, keeping in view the larger interests of the State and the country.

Mr Vohra hoped that the leaders of various political parties would use their influence in clearing the atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion that has vitiated the cohesiveness and harmony, which has been a hallmark of the State's pluralistic ethos.

Chief Secretary S S Kapur informed the meeting about the measures taken for smooth and secure movement of fruit and essential commodities on the Srinagar-Lakhanpur National Highway.

Explaining the mechanism of traffic movement on the National Highway, with adequate security, he said the convoys would leave to and from Lakhanpur to the Valley twice a day under police protection, with mobile squads patrolling the National Highway round-the-clock.

The Army has also assured mobile teams for assistance of the Civil Administration.

Admitting disruption in the movement of supplies for 2-3 days, he said there has not been a single incident of disruption during the past one week.

A record number of 155 fruit trucks crossed Lakhanpur for different destinations on August 10 before the situation got disturbed.

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