Srinagar : Asserting that violence cannot solve any problem, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today invited separatists for talks, saying the Kashmir issue can be resolved only through dialogues. In his address to the state on the occasion of the 61st Independence Day, Azad said that no development in state could take place unless violence stops.
Referring to the prevailing political scenario in Pakistan, he said it has hampered peace talks for some time, and expressed the hope that talks would continue after the situation improves there.
The Independence Day was celebrated in the Kashmir Valley along with rest of the country.
The main function in the state was held at Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium where around thousands of people were listening the speech of Gh Nabi Azad and later Azad unfurled the Tricolour.
The 61 independence day celebrations passed peacefully and there were no reports of any violence, but the strike call given by separtist leaders paralised life in the valley and alll bussiness establishments remained closed.
In maisuma locality , the strong hold of Yasin Mailk, youth and children came out , and were shouting happy SAFRI AAZADI , LONG LIVE INDEPENDENT KASHMIR AND YASIN MALIK.later police dispersed the young boys.