The 64th Republic Day was celebrated in Poonch with patriotic gaiety and fervour. Dr Manaohar Lal Sharma, Hon'ble MoS Cooperative (independent) took salute on the occasion.
More than 20000 people participated in the function to give salute to the national flag. The main function was organised in beautiful and picturesque landscape at Poonch Stadium surrounded by snow-capped mountains of Peer Panjal range.
Poonch has a history of bravery and supreme sacrifices made to the nation. Though it remained conflict-torn but it always showed solidarity with the nation. This was visible at the Republic Day function where people from all walks of society irrespective of caste, creed and religion participated.
The composite culture of Poonch is its strength, which remains target of enemies for creating disturbances, but the people of Poonch have always stood against such propaganda and shown communal solidarity.