Peace must for development, growth of J&K: Bukhari

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Aug 17: Apni Party has claimed that the enduring violence, over the past more than 30 years, has damaged the interests of J&K to its core. It said the gun culture has not only stopped the growth of J&K in terms of its development but has also been hindering the prospect of the Union Territory (UT).
Party president Altaf Bukhari while addressing a public rally at north Kashmir’s Kupwara town said that only a peaceful environment can bring J&K out of the prevailing uncertainty and chaos.
He said, “For a better future for our youth, we need sustained peace and tranquility in J&K. We cannot expect a better future unless we get rid of the violence and evil politics. If we have peace here, we can have prosperity and development which will eventually make the future of our youth prosperous and protected.”
Bukhari said that gun has ruined J&K in terms of loss of lives and the well-being of the people. He said, “We have lost around 1.5 lakh people, mostly youngsters to the violence here during the past thirty years. Also, J&K has got its growth in terms of development and prosperity blocked due to the violence.”
“Almighty has bestowed Kupwara with huge potential and natural resources, had these resources been harnessed over the years and decades this would have been the most developed place in J&K,” he said and added, “We have huge deposits of marble, but the marble manufacturing units are halted here since the phase of violence started in J&K. This is how violence hinders the economic growth of the people and closes the employment opportunities.”
Bukhari strongly condemned the recent attack on two Kashmiri Pandit brothers in south Kashmir’s Shopian. He said, “The victims along with their families had chosen not to migrate from their motherland. They lived side by side with their Muslim brethren in their village, yet some beasts in human garb fired on two brothers killing one Sunil Kumar and injuring another Pitambar while they were working in their orchard. This brutal act of violence is shameful and inhuman.”
He demanded the restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir and believed that Prime Minister and Home Minister will fulfill their commitment.
Several senior leaders including Gulam Hassan Mir, Mohd Dilawar Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Raja Manzoor, Rahim Wani, Abdul Rashid, Firdousa, Sonia Sadaf and others were also present.