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J&K Moulvis meet Pres Kalam
Milli Gazette Online
Jammu: Thirtyfive Moulvis handpicked by the Indian Army under Operation Sadbhavana from Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu & Kashmir set out for a 13-day yatra on 15 June.
It is for the first time that the Indian Army is sponsoring such a special tour for Moulvis to various religious and other places of historical importance across India to see for themselves the secular structure of the country.
Flagging off the Chetna yatra under the aegis of the Dah Division of White Knight corps, GoC-in-C Northern Command Lt Gen Hari Prasad said since the Moulvis were opinion-makers they could have an impact on their children after returning from the tour.
He said it was the first time that these Moulvis had been assisted in moving out of their remote areas in Poonch and Rajouri districts which have remained militancy infested. These priests will visit various religious, historical and cultural places in Delhi, Agra and Pune besides interacting with President APJ Abdul Kalam and Army commanders in New Delhi on 16 June.
The 32-year-old Moulvi Mohammad Farid said: "I am thrilled and eagerly looking forward to my visit. Hamara safar kamyaab hoga, hum aman ka paigam lekar desh brahman pur ja rahe hain." (Our visit be a great success. We are going to spread the message of peace).
The Moulvi said: "Peace has dawned in our area following ceasefire on the LOC. We are happy and we are sure that our areas will witness development activities."
Forty-two-year-old Nazir Hussain from village Dherian in Rajouri said: "During our interaction with people in other Indian States, we will convey to them that we want peace and we are really keen to remain with India and we are against terrorism."
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