Srinagar: Among several awards the army gave away on Saturday for flood relief measures and “contributions in other fields”, a few stand out.
One Altaf Hussain from Pazwalpora has been awarded for “convincing the youth in troubled areas to shun stone pelting”.
Bashir Ahmad Lone from Kralpora, Kupwara, president of Sumo (drivers association), has been hailed as a man whose “influential character always guided youth against violence propagated by Hurriyat /Separatists”.
Aabid Bashir from old Baramulla was lauded for being the “only student to represent J&K at the Indian Youth Parliament at the School of Business in Pune”, while Malik Iqbal (Kupwara) has been awarded for “helping in organising the Kupwara Football Cup”.
The awards were given away by the General Officer Commanding of 15 Corps Lt General Subrata Saha who flagged off a 28-member cycle expedition, From Floods to Safety, which will go to Delhi via Udhampur, Jammu, Jalandhar and Ambala.
Nineteen of the expedition members are Kashmiri youth and the rest soldiers. They will meet the president and the army chief.
The civilian officials awarded at the function are Srinagar municipal commissioner Dr Ghulam Nabi Qasba, secretary power development department Arun Kumar Mehta and secretary irrigation and flood control department Dr Pawan Kotwal.