SRINAGAR: Governor S P Malik on Friday expressed deep anguish over Kashmiri youth getting influenced by “extremist ideologies” to pick up gun and join groups which “perpetrate violence”, saying that violence and confrontationist approach is no antidote to addressing any issue.
“It is a matter of deep anguish that a number of our youth some of whom were pursuing professional studies, were influenced by extremist ideologies to pick up gun and join groups which perpetrate violence. This has added to the difficulties and sufferings of the people particularly in the Valley,” Governor said in his Republic Day message.
He said while Jammu and Kashmir has been passing through a crucial phase offering challenges and opportunities, youth are brimming with hope and aspiration and are looking for a path which will bring success, satisfaction and happiness in their lives.
“It is our sanguine belief that violence and a confrontationist approach is no antidote to addressing any issue. A number of precious and innocent lives have been lost due to mindless and dastardly violence,” he said.
“As I said earlier also our hearts go out to the bereaved families who have lost their dear ones. We shall have to find ways to remove such ugly scars of violence forever from our beautiful landscape by strengthening the discourse of peace. This is our collective responsibility and can be discharged only with active cooperation and support of our people.”
Governor said in order to channelise the energy of youth in constructive and nation building activities, the Department of Youth Services & Sports has given focused attention to the development and up-gradation of sports infrastructure in the State.
“I appeal to the members of the civil society, political parties, and the leaders of all social, cultural, religious and other organisations in the State to come forward and lend their hands in building a prosperous J&K which will be a role model for other states,” Governor said.