The presence of representatives of reputed international organizations like Arab League and presence of noted intellectuals of the India and Bangladesh, according to analysts is a great boost for peace efforts of JK Peace foundation. It is worth pointing out that the delegation from Pakistan could not make it on account of visa related formalities, ‘But they would be present in future conference,’ stated Fayaz Bhat, Chairman Jammu & Kashmir Peace Foundation
Fayaz further said that those who hesitated to join their peace movement and conference are now feeling very sorry and eagerly want to join our movement of peace. Fayaz Bhat added that the State Governor N N.Vohra in the capacity as chief patron to JK Peace Foundation is really leading as a great guardian and providing great support to this noble mission .
The Governor has complimented Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Peace Foundation, and his colleagues for organising this important Peace Conference and wished the participants fruitful discussions in his address to the participants in the conference. He sincerely hoped that this Conference would contribute towards deeper understandings and, in turn, usher the state into an era of lasting peace, harmony and normalcy.
“Our conference was first such event in 22 years in the valley of Kashmir. We were able to garner support from not only within the country but from peace loving people throughout the globe. In order to build upon the thoughts for ushering peace in troubled Kashmir and other parts of globe we would be conducting many such events in future ,” said Fayaz Ahmad Bhat while talking to this correspondent.
Fayaz Bhat also thanked intellectuals like Swami Agnivesh, journalists like Shahid Sidiqui, the three interlocutors appointed by central government on Kashmir- Dilip Padgaonkar, MM Ansari, Radha Kumar and above all governor of Jammu & Kashmir, NN Vohra for their support in ensuring a successful peace conference at Srinagar.
It is worth pointing that the Governor lit the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the Conference. Dr. Ahmad Saleem Al-Wahishi, Ambassador of Arab League, in his Presidential address, thanked the Jammu and Kashmir Peace Foundation for inviting him to the Conference. He added that Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places and among the choicest tourist destinations in the world. He observed that in this age of globalisation, peace, tranquility and brotherhood have acquired an added significance.
Shahid Sidiqui, former MP and noted journalist, in his address said that this Peace Conference is an important effort towards securing the goal of sustained peace and tranquillity in the state. He said that all religions propagate the message of peace and harmony, adding that conciliation and dialogue are the best and rather the only way out to resolve all issues amicably by sitting across the table.
Dileep Padgaonkar, also expressed his views in the Peace Conference. Director Information, Kh. Farooq Renzushah said that the J&K media is most responsible media and in spite of challenging situation they have proved their mettle. He said that every peace loving person is basically development-oriented and likes to project development scenario in an objective manner. He said that the Department of Information has always received cooperation of right thinking people at local, national and international level in erasing the negative impression about the situation.
Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, Chairman, J&K Peace Foundation, in his welcome address, dwelt on the aims and objects of organizing this Conference, the details of the participants, the activities of the Foundation and its future roadmap. He thanked the Governor for taking keen interest in the activities of the Foundation aimed at restoration of lasting peace, harmony, amity and brotherhood in the State.
An all religion prayer was held on the occasion which was followed by a 2-minute silence to pay homage to those, who had lost their lives during the past over two decades of turmoil in the State. Prominent among those present on the occasion were Minister for CAPD and Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Science and Technology, Aga Syed Ruhulla, Interlocutors, Prof. Radha Kumar and M. M. Ansari, Swami Agnivesh, Ramesh Yadav, Sheikh Abdul Rehman, Brij Bhushan Tiwari and a galaxy of distinguished peace activists from various parts of the country and the State.
About future programmes of Jammu & Kashmir Peace Foundation, Fayaz presented a visionary outlook-“We are going to celebrate this year’s Independence Day of both Pakistan and India on wagah border. Then, probably on 16, 17,18th August we are going to have a conference of renowned intellectuals of India-Pakistan and Bangladesh in the Valley of Kashmir.”
The chairman JK Peace Foundation Fayaz Ahmad Bhat believes that peace in region can only be established when there is a formation of European Union like confederation between India-Pakistan and Bangladesh. “If European nations can come together and have one parliament and one currency and other similar arrangements why can’t the people of three countries who have same origin come together for achieving a peaceful South Asian region. This is the only mechanism to establish long lasting peace in this region.”
Ground realities suggest that JK Peace foundation is certainly a step towards brighter tomorrow.